CHAD WINGER - Friday, January 7, 2011
Tony Taylor has recovered from head injuries and is in line for a return to action in Portugal's Lide de Honra.
While scoring an 87th minute goal against Arouca the week before Christmas, Taylor suffered a clash of heads with a defender.
His header proved to be the winning goal in the critical showdown between two of Liga Orangina's promotion chasers, but it didn't come without its consequences.
"I had a minor concussion and a small fracture on my face," Taylor told YA. "I've been out of training with contact for three weeks, just training on my own with our physical trainer."
The injuries kept the Floridian out of Estoril's previous game, a Taça da Liga matchup with Penafiel, which Os Canarinhos dropped 1-0.
But Taylor was cleared by team doctors to return to full training yesterday, and he hopes to find his way into Coach Vinícius Eutrópio's plans for this weekend's game against league leaders Feirense.
"Today was my first day training at 100% without limits with the team and it went great," said the striker, whose four goals are second most on the team."
"It looks like I will be cleared for the game this Saturday, which is a big game for us and a must win."
Estoril currently sit in seventh place, though only five points separate them from the first place visitors.