Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has been rated as a 'big doubt' to be fit to face Queens Park Rangers this Saturday, but there may still be reason to be optimistic about his chances of playing in the fixture.
The commanding centre-back was training with the rest of the squad today, and he looked comfortable as he went through the training exercises, as shown by the photograph above.
Taylor has been struggling with a knee complaint, but Alan Pardew's words in his press conference today could have just been to keep QPR boss Harry Redknapp guessing about who he would use in his team.
If Taylor is fit it would be a major boost for the side, due to the injury of Fabricio Coloccini.
There were concerns that Newcastle would have to field a make-shift defence, with Paul Dummett partnering Mike Williamson at the heart of it, but if Taylor can make it they look far more secure.
Newcastle have built their success, which has seen them win their last five fixtures in all competitions, on a solid backline and they will be hoping to keep another clean-sheet in-front of their own supporters on Saturday.