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Newcastle fearing Taylor’s season KO

January 02, 2015 08:16:12 UK

Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver has said he is worried defender Steven Taylor could miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured Achilles.

The 28-year-old scored the opening goal in the 3-3 draw with Burnley on New Year’s Day but had to be replaced in the second half after landing awkwardly.

Newcastle assistant Carver, who has been placed in charge of first-team affairs, revealed club officials are fearing the worst.

“We think Steve Taylor has snapped his Achilles tendon, which is disappointing,” Carver told reporters.

“He’s a great lad, it was great for him to get the goal. You could tell when he landed it was something to do with the calf or the Achilles and it’s not looking good.”

Newcastle took the lead three times through Taylor, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko in a crazy six-goal thriller against the top-flight newcomers at St James’ Park only to be pegged back.

The Clarets hit the woodwork four times and Carver admitted his players were lucky to escape with a point.

“I don’t think I have been involved in such a game of, to use the old cliche, two halves,” he added.

“We controlled the game and played really good football in the first half but the second half was pretty awful.

“I thought we had got out of jail [with Sissoko’s goal] but they should have won the game. They were the better team over 90 minutes. They caused us more problems than we did them.”

Newcastle United are currently priced 17.00 to secure a top-six finish in the Premier League at the end of the season.

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