Newcastle's Ryan Taylor: I'll be fit to finish what I started in Europa League
Ryan Taylor is confident Newcastle will still be chasing Europa League glory by the time he returns from injury.
Last Updated: 14/03/13 8:57pm
It was Taylor's goal in last summer's qualifier against Atromitos which set the club away on a run which has taken them to the last 16 of the competition.
The full-back injured his knee in the return leg and has not played since, though he is targeting a return next month.
And a 0-0 draw in Russia last week has given Taylor every hope Newcastle can finish the job against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday and book a quarter-final spot.
He told the club website: "Anzhi is another tough test but the lads picked up a good result in Moscow.
"Hopefully I can be the one who started it all and I'd love to play some part in it towards the end - who knows, maybe in the final.
"It's the only trophy we've got to play for this season so I don't see why we can't have a go.
"It does seem a long time ago when that first free-kick went in right on the stroke of half-time to get the ball rolling for the European campaign, but I watched all the group games, home and away.
"It's a good journey and I'm sure the lads are enjoying it, and with the knockout stages you've got to field a good team if you want to progress."