Taylor eyes shock return

Magpies defender targets May comeback

Steven Taylor: Aiming to return from Achilles surgery before the end of the season

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is hoping to make a shock return to action before the end of the season.

Taylor was expected to miss the rest of the campaign after undergoing Achilles surgery last month.

The 25-year-old suffered the injury against Chelsea and the central defender has been sorely missed by Alan Pardew's side.

Taylor is determined to prove the medical experts wrong and be back playing at the end of May with the home clash with Manchester City in mind.

"I know Newcastle expect me to be out for the rest of the season, but I am hoping to be back for the penultimate match of the season against Manchester City in May," Taylor told the Sunday People.

"You have got to have goals in life. And that's mine.

"And if I was to get back it would give me a massive boost and peace of mind throughout the close season."