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Toon's Taylor set for surgery

Newcastle utility man Ryan Taylor is heading for the United States today for career-saving surgery.

The 28-year-old was bound for Denver, Colorado, and the clinic of renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadman after suffering a second anterior cruciate ligament injury of the season.

Taylor revealed his imminent departure via his Twitter account last night.

He tweeted: "All ready for my long flight to Denver tomorrow.

"Loads asking am I going to see Dr Steadman? I sure am. I'm over to have my ACL repaired again. Then the recovery begins to get back."

Taylor has managed only two senior appearances this season after damaging his cruciate ligament for the first time in the Europa League qualifier second-leg clash with Greek side Atromitos at St James' Park on August 30.

The former Wigan player underwent surgery which left him facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.