Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton has urged injury-hit defender Steven Taylor not to be too downhearted at missing the start of the new season.
The 24-year-old centre-back faces around three months on the sidelines due to a shoulder problem, but Hughton is confident that Taylor will return to be a key player later on in the campaign.
He told The Gazette:“It’s something everybody experiences. What you want to do is come back fitter and mentally stronger from it.
“Steven’s got absolutely everything in front of him – he’ll miss the first period of the season, but there’s plenty more football to play.
“It’s a hurdle to overcome. It’s part and parcel of a footballer’s life.
“What he has to do is take out of his mind the games that he’ll miss and very much put into his mind the games he’ll be available for.
“It’s a big blow for us because it’s an important position, but there’s a massive chunk of the season he’ll be available for. He’s got to get his mindset now on getting back from this injury.”