NEWCASTLE United’s Ryan Taylor is hopeful he has NOT suffered a major setback after being forced off against Queens Park Rangers.
Taylor – who has fought back from two cruciate ligament injuries – left the St James’s Park pitch in tears yesterday.
There were fears the 30-year-old – who has taken to a hospital for a scan after his 34th-minute withdrawal – had suffered another serious knee injury.
But Taylor moved to reassure fans on Twitter last night.
He tweeted: “Thank you all for your positive messages.
“I appreciate them all, just to let you know I have no major problem an I had to come off just to be on the safe side.
“I was just gutted to come off that’s why I got so emotional as I’ve worked so hard to get back. Thanks again.”
United manager Alan Pardew – whose side won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Moussa Sissoko – revealed Taylor’s surgeon, Dr Richard Steadman, had been at the game.
“We’re sweating with Ryan,” said Pardew.
“Fortunately, his surgeon was here in the stand – he came over from America to watch – so he has gone with him to hospital with our doctor.
“We’re just fingers crossed on that scan.
“He feels uncomfortable with his knee, so the win is sort of tinged with sadness, because he is a person and a personality that just does not deserve the trauma he has had already, let alone another trauma.
“Fingers crossed he’s going to be OK, and I’m sure all our fans, and certainly all the squad and the staff, are just thinking about him at the moment.”