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Newcastle crock Taylor still a fortnight away from return

Chris Hughton has regretfully admitted that Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is still at least two weeks away from full fitness. The 24-year-old has not played in his club's return to the Premier League after he sustained a shoulder injury in pre-season.

And as Taylor approaches match fitness there have been calls for his inclusion as a right-back against Manchester City on Sunday amid the struggles of James Perch.

But Hughton still expects to wait until the middle of next month, telling The Journal: "Steven has got an excellent fitness level and his rehab work has been excellent.

"But he is still a couple of weeks away from joining in with everyone else in training.

"We're looking at probably mid-October for him to be back involved but as with all long-term injuries, it just depends how he reacts to being back in amongst it.

"It will be excellent to have a player like Steven back in the squad again."

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