Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says Ryan Taylor's latest injury setback is a "terrible blow" for the club and the player.
The 28-year-old could miss all of next season after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in training this week. It's a cruel blow for the defender, who had only just returned to full training after rupturing knee ligaments in a Europa League qualification match against Atromitos last August.
Pardew says the new injury could rule Taylor out for the next 12 months. Speaking ahead of Newcastle's trip to West Brom on Saturday, he said:
– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
"He's so unfortunate. It kind of rounds off the season for us - him and Tim's injuries this year. We've just had one after the other of cruel bad luck.
"We really feel for Ryan and we send our regards because it's going to be a 12-month injury. So he misses the whole of next season. Terrible, terrible blow to him."
The Magpies also confirmed this week that goalkeeper Tim Krul will undergo surgery on Monday after dislocating his shoulder during last weekend's 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat to Sunderland.