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Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor provides Chloe Kelly injury update

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Gareth Taylor says Chloe Kelly is closing in on a return to action
Gareth Taylor says Chloe Kelly is closing in on a return to action / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor has revealed that Chloe Kelly is 'very close' to making her return to first team action after a 10-month injury layoff.

Having earned a move from Everton to City in the summer of 2020, the winger was in the form of her life during her debut season with her new club, chipping in with 10 goals and 11 assists in 21 WSL appearances.

However, Kelly's season was cut short and she missed out on a spot in Team GB's Olympic squad after suffering an ACL injury to her right knee in a WSL clash with Birmingham in March 2021.

Kelly has not featured for City since but is well on the road to recovery. Although she is unlikely to feature against Chelsea in Saturday's Continental Cup final, a return to action is just around the corner.

"Chloe Kelly is stepping up her training volume," Taylor said during his pre-match press conference. "So I think it's probably going to be too soon this weekend for Chloe but she's very close."

Speaking the week before in the build up to the Manchester derby, Taylor had admitted that while the 24-year-old was making promising progress, City were reluctant to rush her back, given the seriousness of her injury.

"Chloe's doing well," the City boss said. "I think Chloe was a high priority for us in the international break and we were really able to get up her training minutes so she's looking good.

"I think the tendency is probably to push her a little too much too soon, and we're cautious to do that, especially with the injury she's had. Unfortunately with these injuries there's a real chance of re-injury so we need to make sure she's strong enough, fit enough, both physically and mentally.

"But she's done great, she's looking really sharp, she's taking on those next steps of training really well so we're looking to build her up in that respect.

"When you think about Chloe, whenever she does return for us, what a player to bring back, because she's been a big loss. To lose a player who really set the WSL alight last season has been difficult for us to take. We've managed, but it will be great to get her back."