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Steve McClaren keen to welcome fit-again Steven Taylor back into the Newcastle fold

Steven Taylor
Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor is set for a new lease of life at Newcastle United under Steve McClaren.

The defender returned from long-term injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sacramento Republic.

And long-serving Taylor – who had surgery on his a ruptured Achilles tendon in January – will again feature against Portland Timbers in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

McClaren called Taylor into the England squad during his time in charge of the national team, and United’s head coach is looking forward to again working with the 29-year-old, who is looking to put an injury-hit few years behind him.

Taylor came off the bench for the second half against Sacramento, where James Kiffe put a Massadio Haidara cross into his own net.

“I thought he was excellent,” said McClaren.

“He made the first goal. He walked in, committed his opponents and released Sadio, and what a great cross.

“It was good to see him, and we needed his experience when when we went down to 10 men (after Haidara’s dismissal).”

McClaren and his squad arrived in Portland yesterday afternoon ahead of the game against the Timbers.

United could again have forward Adam Armstrong available, though defender Fabricio Coloccini – who has been struggling with an Achilles problem – is not expected to play because of the artificial surface at Providence Park.

“We have what we have,” said McClaren.

“It’s a good squad. Now we go to Portland. It’ll be a tough game. I’m so pleased with the two games.

“You can see the attitude is very good.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Under-21s will play a series of friendlies in Holland.

Peter Beardsley’s side will play against Vitesse Arnhem on July 21 and FC Utrecht two days later. They face AZ Alkmaar on July 29.