Social media was alight like a soggy firework yesterday as stories of Lyle Taylor being injured ripped through us. There was even photos taken of him and his blonde locks struggling on crutches at Ebbsfleet train station.
Taylor captained and played the full 90 minutes in Montserrat’s 2-1 win over the Dominican Republic on Saturday, but he was missing from their draw last night against St Lucia. Taylor obviously travelled home before that game. The journey back from Montserrat includes either a boat or an eight-seater light aircraft back to Antigua before boarding a flight to London. That must have been a painful journey.
No official news, and Bowyer is always discreet about player injuries. However Taylor missing for a pro-longed period of time is a massive blow.
It raised a question to why Taylor puts himself through that journey to play in front of a few hundred fans on the tiny Caribbean island. 640 watched their win over St Lucia for example. He qualifies through his grandparents, as do the majority of their English based players, with Taylor being easily the most high profile.
Taylor has made his name late in football terms and has always been a bit of a pioneer and free spirit. He also has a pretty good distinction for giving back. Who doesn’t want to chance their arm and add to their career playing international football? And as Bermuda and Nahki Wells have proven this region has become a whole lot more competitive and exciting with onset of the Nations League.
We hope that Taylor walking around on crutches is just a bad dream, if it is not then Lyle get fit soon and come back more fiery and hungry than ever.
He’s a big boy, big loss though hopefully not too long out