Taylor nears Toon return
Newcastle's Steven Taylor is set to be back in training on Monday after suffering a minor setback.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 21/10/10 5:16pm
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is expected to return to training on Monday after suffering a minor setback on his road to recovery.
The 24-year-old has been sidelined since damaging his shoulder during a pre-season friendly at Carlisle in July and was due to resume full training last week.
A slight calf problem put back his progress but the centre-back is set to train next week, days before the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland at St James' Park.
"He will start training on Monday and then for him, it will be very much how quickly he can get through," said manager Chris Hughton.
"He has done a lot of cardio-vascular work and his rehab, but it was just slowed down a little bit last week.
"He had a slight problem with his calf, which he has come through, so we are just looking to see what progress he can make from Monday onwards."
Like Taylor, Sol Campbell will remain on Tyneside when the Magpies visit West Ham on Saturday due to the thigh injury which has hampered him for several weeks and could dash hope of a Carling Cup reunion with former club Arsenal next Wednesday.
"Sol has had a slight problem with his thigh which has been a little bit frustrating," said Hughton.
"He will be training next Monday and that being the case, it will make it touch and go for the midweek game, but I would certainly be hopeful for the Sunderland game on the Sunday.
"It has been a little bit of a frustrating time, but hopefully we have got to the bottom of it."
However, goalkeeper Steve Harper could be as little as four weeks away from a return after shoulder surgery.
"He is making a very, very good recovery," Hughton added. "The timescale at this moment is about four weeks, unless I hear anything different today, which will be better news.
"But he has made a very good recovery and I expect him to come back in very good shape."