Newcastle players make public show of support for injured pal Taylor

Newcastle United players made clear their support for Ryan Taylor before their clash with Aston Villa. Taylor suffered a knee injury last week against Atromitos.

Newcastle United players made clear their support for Ryan Taylor before their clash with Aston Villa.

Taylor suffered a knee injury last week against Atromitos.

His team-mates ran out for their Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa wearing tracksuits emblazoned with the message "Ryan Taylor over the wall", a reference to the song the Toon Army sing about his derby-winning free-kick at Sunderland last season.

Toon boss Alan Pardew said: "It was Colo's [skipper Fabricio Coloccini] idea, he called me yesterday. We didn't want to say 'Get well' because there are people in a lot worse positions than Ryan as a professional footballer.

"It's just nice to have that sort of spirit within the group, and it was just something to say: 'We support you Ryan, good luck and come back quickly'."

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