Newcastle United have confirmed that Steven Taylor will be missing for at least a couple of months after an operation to repair a hamstring injury.

The defender had been missing from recent matches but the club had made no comment as to why.

Now in an official statement on the club website they have said that the defender has undergone the operation and it will be December before he has a chance of being back.

You feel sorry for any player picking up injuries, especially one with Steven Taylor’s catalogue of woe.

However, it once again shows the utter folly of Newcastle’s failure to buy more than Chancel Mbemba to strengthen this area of the pitch in the summer.

With Taylor’s record of injuries I don’t think any sensible fan would have predicted that he would be somebody to rely on this season, even if he was in decent form.

His list of injuries and missing far more games than he has played over the years, point to yet another gamble by Mike Ashley in not bringing in proper cover.

Official NUFC Statement

Steven Taylor will be sidelined for “a couple of months” following an operation on a hamstring injury.

The long-serving centre-back has missed Newcastle United’s last two Barclays Premier League fixtures with the complaint, and head coach Steve McClaren confirmed on Tuesday that Taylor has gone under the surgeon’s knife.

“He had a scan on his hamstring,” explained McClaren.

“He’s had a small operation to repair the damage and unfortunately it looks like he’ll be out for a couple of months.”