Newcastle United are sad to announce that Ryan Taylor has suffered a further cruciate knee injury.

Taylor, aged 28, and with 91 United appearances under his belt, injured his knee in the early stages of the home Europa League qualifier against Atromitos last August, undergoing surgery shortly after to repair the ligament damage.

After making good progress over the past eight months and having just returned to training, this latest news is a massive blow to the popular player.

Manager Alan Pardew said: "Ryan has worked so hard and diligently since his injury.

"He has been a model patient and has given his all to ensure he could return to full training in the best condition possible. Clearly everyone at the Club is deeply saddened by this news.

"Ryan has, and will continue to, receive the full support of everyone at Newcastle United during this difficult time for him."

It is likely that Taylor will miss the majority, if not all, of next season.