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Newcastle set to be boosted by the return of influential centre-back

Squawka News
SENIOR ANALYST
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11 Oct 2013, 15:15 IST
Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor

Alan Pardew is set to be handed a boost ahead of Newcastle’s next game against Liverpool with captain Steven Taylor set to return from a hamstring injury, according to Chronicle Live and Sky Sports.

Taylor has not featured for the Magpies since their crushing opening day defeat to Manchester City, where he was also shown a red card in a 4-o loss.

The Newcastle defender will also be joined by Massadio Haidara, who has yet to make an appearance this campaign due to a niggling knee injury.

The international break is seen by Magpies staff as an opportunity for the duo to build up their fitness and potentially make a return in time for the visit of second-placed Liverpool.

Fabricio Coloccini and Michael Williamson have been the favoured centre-back duo in Taylor’s absence, but it is thought that the latter could make way.

Newcastle are looking to improve on their 16th place finish last-term, and are currently in 11th after seven games.

Taylor enjoyed a decent 2012/13 season with Newcastle, maintaining a 90% pass accuracy rate and successfully making 75% of his tackles.

Steven Taylor Stats from Squawka.com

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