By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has hailed the “bravery” of Charlie Taylor after he tried to play through an injury in Leeds’ weekend win over Brentford.
The Elland Road academy product suffered an achilles problem in Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Elland Road.
He was withdrawn early in the second half and replaced by Gaetano Berardi, who has struggled to force him way back into the team after injuring his hamstring on the opening day of the season.
It is not yet clear whether Taylor is facing a spell on the sidelines, although Monk was keen to pay tribute to the hardiness of the 23-year-old following the weekend win.
“He had a sore Achilles,” Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “The player he is, he’s a brave lad and he wanted to stay on so we said we’d monitor him in the second half but you could see he wasn’t quite right. What he relies on a lot is his athleticism. “We changed it and when Berra came on he was excellent. We didn’t lose any level in that position.”
It would be a major blow to lose Taylor for any length of time as the left-back has been named by Monk in the starting XI for all 22 of the team’s 22 Championship matches this season.
This comes after the defender submitted a transfer request last August that was instantly rejected by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.
Taylor’s injury is the latest in a series of issues for the club’s increasingly stretched medical staff, with Chris Wood, Pablo Hernandez and Eunan O’Kane all currently sidelined.
Achilles problems can be notoriously troublesome for footballers, and Leeds fans will be aware that Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla has just undergone surgery on a heel injury that will sideline him for three months.
Leeds’ win over Brentford was their seventh in nine league matches and meant they ended the weekend at fifth in the Championship table and just two points behind third place.