Reserve outing promised for returning Magpie Taylor

RETURN ... Newcastle's Ryan Taylor.

RETURN ... Newcastle's Ryan Taylor.

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RYAN Taylor is closer than ever to a playing return for Newcastle United – but tomorrow’s game against Leicester City will come too soon for him.

Taylor is back in full training after two years on the sidelines.

The 30-year-old utility player has had a series of operation after twice rupturing his cruciate ligament.

Taylor has played two behind-closed-doors fixtures at the club’s training ground.

And United manager Alan Pardew feels he needs to play a competitive reserve game before he is pitched back into the Premier League.

Taylor will play in Monday afternoon’s Under-21 Premier League fixture against Brighton at Whitley Park (1pm kick-off).

“Ryan Taylor will be fit, but I don’t think he’s ready to be involved in this game yet,” said Pardew.

“He will play on Monday in the Under-21s game and get a full game in that.

“He hasn’t really played a full competitive game yet.”