Newcastle United: Ryan Taylor to return after 26-month lay-off

Ryan Taylor, Newcastle United

Ryan Taylor will return to the Newcastle squad for Sunday's trip to Tottenham after spending 26 months on the sidelines with injury.

Taylor, 30, has spent two years regaining his fitness after damaging his cruciate ligament in August 2012.

He had a recurrence of the injury last April but is now ready to come back.

"Ryan should return this week, and I think that is an inspirational story to everybody here and in football," said Magpies boss Alan Pardew.

"He has had terrible, terrible luck with injuries and it is so pleasing to put his name on the team-sheet this week to travel. It is good news for us, because he is a very well-liked guy."

The football world in August 2012
Joey Barton joined Marseille on loan, while Luka Modric left Tottenham for Real Madrid in a £30m deal.Sir Alex Ferguson began his final title-winning season as Manchester United boss with a 1-0 defeat at Everton.
Ryan Taylor's Newcastle team-mates included Demba Ba (now at Besiktas), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) and Andy Campbell (on loan at Fleetwood).Roberto Di Matteo was in charge at Chelsea but was soon replaced by Rafael Benitez, in what was a hugely unpopular move among Blues fans.
QPR made the worst start in Premier League history, leading to Mark Hughes' dismissal and the appointment of Harry Redknapp.Louis van Gaal was in his second month as boss of the Netherlands. He led his country to the World Cup semi-finals in Brazil, where they lost to Argentina.

Taylor, who suffered the original injury in a Europa League tie against Atromitos, is unlikely to be involved at White Hart Lane after playing his first 90 minutes since the summer of 2012 for the club's Under-21s earlier this week.

But Pardew believes simply having him back and in and around the first team is a major boost.

"He's just a good person to have at the training ground," added the manager. "What Ryan brings is a real good knowledge and a good understanding, and a professionalism that can inspire others."

Taylor joined Newcastle from Wigan in February 2009 as part of the deal which saw winger Charles N'Zogbia move in the opposite direction.