LoveItIfWeBeatU Posted March 23, 2009 Share Posted March 23, 2009 http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/03/23/taylor-and-bassong-both-injured-in-arsenal-loss-72703-23212423/ Taylor and Bassong both injured in Arsenal loss Mar 23 2009 by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle STEVEN TAYLOR has been left devastated by ankle ligament damage that looks likely to rule him out of Newcastle United’s vital clash with Chelsea on April 4. The Toon defender was forced to retire early against Arsenal after taking a whack in United’s latest defeat. Taylor – who had sweated blood for the cause during the encounter – left St James’s Park on crutches and with his left foot protected by an aircast. Taylor will now undergo a scan today to discover the extent of the damage but fears that the injury could rule him out for up to a month. Both Taylor and Sebastien Bassong were injured during the 3-1 defeat, with the pair requiring pain-killing injections at the club’s training HQ in Benton. Bassong will also face a scan on his injured groin and is also a major doubt for the game against Chelsea. A close friend of the pair said: “They are totally gutted about it, both at having to come off during the game and the prospect of missing the Chelsea match. They just want to play their part.” Both Bassong and Taylor have been carrying Newcastle in recent games and it was no surprise that Arsenal scored all three of their goals when both were off the pitch. Taylor was recieving treatment when Arsenal opened the scores and he couldn’t continue, with the Whitley Bay lad looking visibily distressed. The England Under-21 captain has also been pulled out of Stuart Pearce’s squad for the friendly in Norway on Friday and misses the international with France at the City Ground on March 31. United caretaker boss Hughton feels that the loss of the influential pair was a big a factor. He added: “They were big blows for us. It’s a hip injury for Seb, but it was a major blow as he is such a big individual. “He’s been doing very well. “And the timing of Steven Taylor’s injury coincided with them getting the second goal.” Toon skipper Michael Owen has again been overlooked by Fabio Capello for the friendlies with Slovakia and Ukraine during the international break. And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he was surprised to see Hughton axe Michael Owen from the starting line-up. He said: “Yes I was surprised. “But I read that he would not play. “Maybe he is not in top physical form. “I must say Obafemi Martins and Peter Lovenkrands were lively – they played very well.” :: Steven Taylor has pulled out of the England Under-21 squad to face Norway and France following the ankle injury he picked up at the weekend. The centre-back, 23, was replaced 20 minutes into the second half in the defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, with Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce calling up Ryan Shawcross called up as a direct replacement. Pearce has also lost Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon to the seniors and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott to injury, and he has also called up Portsmouth defender Martin Cranie. Back to top of the league: - http://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.php Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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