Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is set to miss the next two months of action due to injury.
As confirmed by the Chronicle, Steven Taylor is set to sit out of action for two months, in what is becoming an all-too familiar story for the centre-back.
The 29-year-old has had a career ravaged by injury, and he will go down as one of the many players to never reach his full potential despite showing a real talent.
Taylor had made two appearances this season prior to the injury, impressing in a 2-0 loss to Swansea, and then playing the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
That draw with United was the last time Newcastle kept a clean sheet - and it is not a surprise it was also Taylor's last game - and Taylor’s injury could spell the rapid decline of Steve McClaren’s reign in charge at St James’ Park.
McClaren is already under pressure, and with performance levels getting worse with every game, it is hard to see him staying in charge of the Magpies for much longer.
His one hope would have been to shore up their leaky defence and build a side tough to beat, but with Taylor now out of action, McClaren will have to rely upon the centre-back partnership which has brought nothing but despair this term.
Fabricio Coloccini looks far from the player who once patrolled the back-line for Newcastle, whilst Chancel Mbemba has been impressive, but looks out of his depth on occasion.
Taylor would have been a much better option to play alongside Mbemba than Coloccini has been, but there is nothing for McClaren to do now except play his current underperforming partnership.
It does not appear as if results are going to improve any time soon for Newcastle, and Taylor’s injury could be the final nail in McClaren’s coffin, with his departure from St James’ Park surely not too far away.