Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor is set to spend another season on the treatment table after re-aggravating a knee ligament injury that has kept him out for almost the entirety of the 2012-2013 season.
A firm fan favourite on Tyneside, Taylor had only just returned to training after undergoing eight months of rehabilitation for a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained back in August.
“Ryan has worked so hard and diligently since his injury,” manager Alan Pardew told the club’s official website.
"He has been a model patient and has given his all to ensure he could return to full training in the best condition possible.
“Clearly everyone at the club is deeply saddened by this news.
“Ryan has, and will continue to, receive the full support of everyone at Newcastle United during this difficult time for him."
The club’s official website revealed that Taylor would “miss the majority, if not all, of next season” due to the severity of the injury.
The news comes just days after goalkeeper Tim Krul dislocated his shoulder in the Magpies’ 3-0 home loss to Tyne-Wear rivals Sunderland on Sunday - an injury that requires surgery, with a possible return pencilled in for the end of July.