Nottingham hooker Ollie Taylor will undergo surgery on a
broken foot next week.
(pictured) re-fractured his left foot during training earlier
this month and will need a metal rod inserted. There is no time
scale on Taylor's return, but Nottingham head coach Martin
Haag is eager to see the hooker feature again for this
"I'm disappointed for him because he just came back from that
same injury. If all goes well he will come back fighting fit and
will have some part to play later in the season," Haag said.
Taylor first broke his foot playing for New Zealand side Linwood
in the powerful Canterbury Metropolitan competition where he spent
the English off-season.
After making two appearances for the Green and Whites in the
British and Irish Cup in October the hooker was loaned out to
National Two side Leicester Lions.
Taylor was preparing for a recall to the Championship club when
an innocuous side-step during training in the first week of the New
Year derailed his immediate hopes of suiting up for the Green and
"It is really frustrating to be out right now, but there is
nothing I can do about it," Taylor said.
"Instead, I'll get on with it and use this time wisely to build
myself up and keep my fitness so I can comeback stronger.
"I was building up to 80 minutes every week and I got my first
couple of starts with the Lions. I was going well, getting my match
fitness up and training well with Nottingham at the same time while
waiting for a chance to get back into the side."
Taylor vows to make the most of the latest setback, returning to
the weights room to work under fitness and conditioning coach Jo
While a moon boot might slow him down, Taylor is focused on a
"After the operation I'll have a better idea of when I'll be
back, but I'm definitely trying to get back for the end of the
season," Taylor said.