Many experts believe that the type of ruptured Achilles tendon injury Steven Taylor suffered is one of the worst a football player can get.

Rumours of a return before the end of the season were always speculative and both player and fans would be sure to settle for him being ready for next season.

The good news is that if spirit counts for anything then Taylor will be back before you know it, he spoke to the official website today about his comeback:

“I still feel part of it, which is a massive thing for me.

The good thing for me is I’ve got a manager and a coaching staff who always get me into the dressing room and amongst the lads.

I still feel part of it, which is a massive thing for me. When you get injured you can get forgotten about but fair play to the rest of the lads, they have been spot on and worked with me every single day.

It’s hell spending every day with your leg up watching daytime TV. It’s going to be a long, hard recovery. I know some people say it’s the worst injury you can get as a footballer.

But I’m taking it in my stride. I’m relishing the chance to come back and I can’t wait to come back fitter, stronger and better than I was before. I’m hoping to be involved in the start of the next pre-season.

It’s hell spending every day with your leg up and three pillows watching daytime TV.

I love meeting the fans, that’s part and parcel of me, I’ve always been that way since I got into the first team”.

While I have every confidence in Taylor making a full recovery I think regardless of whether he will be back in time for next season’s kick-off we need a minimum of one new top quality centre-back to compete with Taylor and Coloccini. I would then say another back-up one is also a priority, maybe younger and what would also be handy is one or both of them able to fill in at full-back as well.