Ashington’s Taylor ready for Celtic Nation despite suffering face injury

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Ashington utlity player James Taylor has sent a message to manager Gary Middleton to ‘please count me in’ for next weekend’s trip to Celtic Nation

This was within hours of sustaining a facial injury in his side’s 2-1 victory over Penrith at Woodhorn Lane at the weekend.

As striker Grant Davidson fired Penrith ahead in the 25th minute, Taylor received a nasty kick in the face from his own keeper Conor Grant.

He played on until half-time when he was forced to retire and get the injury checked out at Wansbeck General Hospital.

The 24-year-old, a community coach for the Newcastle United Foundation who lives in Wansbeck, said: “As the Penrith lad was going to strike the ball, we all came together and unfortunately I got Conor’s boot full on in my face.

“Thankfully my nose is not broken but upon impact I have a badly bruised mouth and nose and my face is swollen.”

However, Ashington born Taylor is adamant that he will be fit for his side’s journey to Carlisle.

“Within 24 hours the swelling has gone down a little bit,” he added.

“I’ll be OK for training on Tuesday and envisage no problems for Saturday – so my message to the boss is ‘please count me in’.”