Newcastle defender Ryan Taylor is optimistic he will be fit to resume full training on Monday after a leg injury and is targeting a first-team return in next weekend's Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves.

The full-back was carried off during the 2-1 win over Aston Villa earlier this month with what was feared to be a serious injury, but he has recovered much quicker than expected. Newcastle are without a game this weekend following their exit from the FA Cup, giving Taylor more time to work towards his comeback.

He told "I've had a few tough days with Hendo (Dave Henderson, Newcastle physio) but I've come through with no problems so I am hoping to be back in training with the lads on Monday morning."

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