STEVEN Taylor has been told he’ll have to wait in line for a chance at Newcastle United – after Alan Pardew ruled out a loan departure for the defender.
The long-serving defender has played just 45 minutes of football this season because of injury and suspension.
And he is not certain of a place on the bench for tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Taylor returned to fitness from a hamstring injury last month – only to find his route to first-team football blocked by Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Willie McKay, Taylor’s agent, has told of the 27-year-old’s “frustration” at a lack of football.
But United Pardew says there is nothing he can do but continue train hard and wait for an opportunity.
“Steven’s agent’s made some noises, but I’ve also got Mapou and Papiss (Demba Cisse) in the background,” Pardew told SportMail.
“There are many players I could mention. It’s not just Steven.”
Taylor could get an opportunity over the coming fortnight, with the club facing a hectic run over games over the Christmas and New Year period.
To that end, Taylor was set to play in this afternoon’s Under-21 Premier League game against Norwich City at Whitley Park to top up his fitness.
“We’ve got six games in 18 days, or whatever,” said Pardew.
“As a Newcastle player you have to do your job properly and wait for your opportunity.
“Steven’s been doing that. He’s been good in the background. He’s going to play for the reserves. He needs a game. We’ll go from there.”
McKay mooted a loan for Taylor, but Pardew added: “We have got so many games coming up, I can’t see me wanting to loan out a centre-half.
“I don’t see the logic in that, so at the moment, that’s a no.”
Winger Jonas Gutierrez and defender Paul Dummett are also pencilled in to play against Norwich.