Taylor's return from injury boosts Hughes
CIRENCESTER Town boss Brian Hughes is happy to have played a part in the footballing rehabilitation of new signing Chris Taylor.
The former Swindon Town and Swindon Supermarine midfielder has played the last three games for the Centurions, after overcoming a horrific injury that was thought to have ended his career.
But after working hard during the summer on his fitness with the Centurions and having being given the all-clear to play again by his surgeon, Hughes was happy to give Taylor a chance.
"Chris is a lovely lad and has had some awful injury problems," Hughes said.
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"He was told he would never play again when he broke both bones in leg and shattered his knee.
"The scar is pretty horrific!
"He was told he would never play again, but he's worked ever so hard and came to pre-season with us as he knew a few of the lads.
"A few weeks ago his surgeon said he could start playing again and we gave him the opportunity and he's been fantastic.
"We've thrown him into a few games and he's been better than we thought he would be, and also than he thought he could be.
"He hasn't played for 13 months so it's important that we don't burn him out.
"But he's a lovely lad and we're delighted that we've been able to help him."
Taylor may not be risked for tomorrow's home game against Hungerford Town after playing a full part in two games in the past seven days.
Saturday's thrilling 2-2 draw at Wimborne was followed by a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Evesham United on Tuesday night.
Hughes said that this run of three crucial games would be a yardstick of his side's development, and despite being disappointed with only claiming one point from six, the Centurions boss can see the positives.
"This three-game run wasn't all about the points haul, it was about gauging where we were against three really good sides at this level," he said.
"I haven't seen anything from those three games that makes me think we can't compete at the top of this league.
"We didn't play well on Tuesday as we tried to get four ball-playing midfielders on the pitch and it took the energy out of our play.
"But I've learned from that and we'll move on to Hungerford and try to go on a run and that will put the Evesham run into history."