Manchester City Women

Gareth Taylor reveals how ACL injury experience helped Chloe Kelly recovery

Ali Rampling
Kelly has been sidelined for 10 months with an ACL injury
Kelly has been sidelined for 10 months with an ACL injury / Charlotte Tattersall/GettyImages
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Gareth Taylor has offered insight into how he has used his personal experience of recovering from a ruptured ACL to help manage Chloe Kelly's comeback from the same injury.

Kelly had been in irresistible form for Manchester City during the 2020/21 season following her summer move from Everton, before her campaign was curtailed in May due to a ruptured ACL.

Taylor suffered the same injury during his playing days, and has used what he learnt from a mentality perspective to aid Kelly's recovery.

"More from the psychological side really," Taylor said. "The techniques are probably quite similar, the actual return to playing time has been vastly reduced.

"It was probably a good 26-27 years ago when I did mine, so you can imagine the medical and the science and everything behind it and rehab and operations has improved vastly.

"But definitely on the psychological side with Chloe, and I think that's one of the biggest barriers when you do have this type of injury is you know you're in for a long haul of hard work and isolated work away from the team which is tough for any player.

"And then it's constant maintenance for the rest of your career. Even beyond that - this chair I'm sitting on needs to be a little bit higher because my knee bends up so much. I still get problems from my old ACL injury so it never leaves you. It's something that you always need to be working on and working with but Chloe's well aware of that and she's in a good place."

Kelly stepped up her recovery during February's international break, and at the beginning of March was described by Taylor as being 'close' to making her comeback.

The winger registered 10 goals and 11 assists in 21 WSL appearances prior to her injury last season, and put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with City in February.

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