Taylor is out of action with a ruptured Achilles problem and while he admitted things are going well, he played down the possibility of being back before the end of the season when pressed for an update on his injury.
“No I don’t think so (back this season) – I’m aiming for pre-season because I just don’t want to rush things,” he said.
“I’ve got a boot on at the moment and I’ve started doing a bit of bike and rowing machine work.”
It’s a blow for Newcastle because of the obvious quality and experience he provides across the team’s back four.
However, there’s no point rushing him back from such a troublesome injury.
The temptation will be there for John Carver, but the head coach has to be sensible and think about the value Taylor adds to the squad long term.
It’s cliché but his return will be like a new signing for the club but they have to curb his enthusiasm.
The club will be monitoring every second of his recovery as he works hard in the gym and should step in if they feel he’s working too hard.
It’s encouraging that he’s already working on maintaining his fitness but there’s a long way to go.