THERE is no quick fix for Andy Taylor.
The Sheffield United left-back is unlikely to return to first-team duty until October time after suffering a serious knee injury in the Boxing Day defeat to Yorkshire rivals Hull City.
Like club captain Chris Morgan, Taylor damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Having gone under the surgeon’s knife on January 5, Taylor travelled down to London last week to see the specialist and have a check up on his injury.
Taylor, currently wearing a protective knee brace, told The Star: “The ligaments are still healing so I have got to build everything back up. The surgeon said it looks good and the swelling is not too bad.
“He said it would take between nine to 12 months to get back but I’ve got youth on my side and I am working as hard as I can in the gym to shave off some of that time.
“It is not an injury I can rush back from because if I comeback early then I risk having another setback and it is something I don’t want to go through again.
“This is by far and away the most serious injury I’ve ever had. Before this, I never had more than six weeks out so getting my head around it was difficult. I couldn’t drive for the first six weeks as I was on crutches. I was in so much pain that I couldn’t put weight on my left leg for the first month.
“I drove my partner mad. She was everything; taxi, nurse, cook, cleaner because I could not put weight on it.
“I am quite an active person so it was tough not being able to do anything.”
Taylor said he is on schedule with his rehabilitation and will take the brace off his leg at the end of the month.
“It kills me that I can’t get out on the pitch and help the lads,” he said. “It is horrible; having to watch from the stands the team playing is hard enough, but when you are not winning, it is really hard to take. I go along to support the lads because they need it but I don’t enjoy it.”
Time is rapidly running out in United’s quest to climb out of the relegation zone. And Taylor is backing his teammates to lead the club to safety.
“We believe any game we go into we can win,” said Taylor. “The lads are working hard and I’m sure it will happen. We are not looking at other results around us because at the end of the day they don’t matter. We can only affect and control our own destiny.
“It is in our hands and so we have to concentrate on picking up as many points as we possibly can.”