Newcastle defender Steven Taylor cannot wait to return to pre-season training with his club's squad.
The centre-back in December suffered a devastating Achilles injury which required surgery and ended his campaign.
It was a bitter blow for Taylor, who had returned to the form of his early career after being reinstated into the Newcastle side by manager Alan Pardew.
The Magpies' success this season, chasing a place in the UEFA Champions League, has made it all the more difficult for the 26-year-old to sit on the sidelines.
But he is set to return in pre-season and will be pleased to put months of misery behind him, as he said in The Independent: "For the first two weeks after I did it, I was at my mam and dad's and you don't realise how useless you feel.
"You're on crutches and I couldn't move around the place. You don't know what is happening. You're thinking, 'Is this it for me?'. It has been a long, long road.
"The medical staff have been brilliant. It would have been so much harder without them, and the coaching staff and the gaffer have kept me around the lads.
"Every day they ask how I am and that is a big encouragement. I should be back ready for pre-season training and it has taken a lot of hard work."
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