A Tayl of woe for Toon man

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STEVEN TAY­LOR has been told to for­get any hopes of play­ing again this sea­son.

The crocked Toon de­fender has watched from the stands since surgery on the Achilles he dam­aged against Chelsea in De­cem­ber.

The 26-year-old has told pals he’s cling­ing to the hope of a re­turn for the final few weeks of the cam­paign to help his bid to fig­ure in Great Bri­tain’s side at the London Olympics.

But Toon boss Alan Pardew said: “Steven is al­ways op­ti­mistic, but I’d prob­a­bly say no to him play­ing again this sea­son.”

Tay­lor, who in­jects him­self ev­ery day with peni­cillin to pre­vent blood clots, is do­ing light train­ing.

He still hopes to prove his man­ager wrong, but ad­mit­ted: “I know from other play­ers who’ve suf­fered a sim­i­lar in­jury that it could spell the end of my sea­son.”

BIG BLOW: Tay­lor

FIT TO PLAY: Davies

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