Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew does not believe that Steven Taylor will make a return to action this season.
Taylor underwent surgery on a damaged Achilles tendon in December.
The injury is set to keep him out for the season, although Taylor admitted not long after suffering the problem that he was hopeful of returning before the end of the season.
Newcastle have clearly missed Taylor in his absence, and reports have claimed that he was on target to return ahead of schedule.
But Pardew has dampened down the talk, admitting that it appears unlikely.
"Steven is always optimistic, but I would probably say no," said Pardew when asked whether Taylor could return.