Pompey hero looking for injury boost

Ryan Taylor leaves the pitch after picking up a groin injury. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor leaves the pitch after picking up a groin injury. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ryan Taylor is waiting to learn whether his groin injury will deprive him of facing Scunthorpe this weekend.

The striker netted the only goal of the game to give Pompey a precious win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Yet just seven minutes after scoring he had to be substituted through injury.

Moments earlier Taylor had returned to the pitch after receiving treatment on a head wound he collected when heading home in the 52nd minute.

However, it is a groin problem which is the chief concern for the former Rotherham forward who has now netted three times in seven Pompey appearances.

And he is hoping the complaint won’t end his encouraging run of games in Richie Barker’s side.

He said: ‘My groin tightened up so hopefully that is not going to be too bad, I’ll have it assessed and see if I am going to be ready for next weekend.

‘It’s not an on-going problem, it’s a little tight one and not too bad.

‘The surface was pretty heavy on the legs but you have just got to get on with it.

‘The physio will assess it but it doesn’t feel too bad at this stage.’

Taylor also had to wear a head bandage against the Dons after sustaining a cut on his forehead heading in Daniel Alfei’s right-wing cross.

But that injury on an eventful day was shrugged off by the 25-year-old.

He added: ‘I didn’t have stitches, just butterfly crosses, they are not that much of a deal.

‘It’s not deep, they just put that on there after the game to hopefully knit the cut up.

‘I wasn’t too bothered about the cut though, I was just happy to score.

‘Wearing that bandage was a bit embarrassing really for a little shaving cut like this!’