Boss mulls over Taylor risk

Ryan Taylor, left, with Nicky Shorey Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor, left, with Nicky Shorey Picture: Joe Pepler

Richie Barker is weighing up whether to throw Ryan Taylor back into his misfiring Pompey attack.

The Blues striker has netted a decent haul of three goals in seven starts since his arrival from Bristol City in January.

And after a three-week lay-off with a groin problem, the 25-year-old made his return to action as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Cheltenham.

He came through with no ill-effects, after replacing Jake Jervis in the 68th minute, and definitely added something to the side in his time on the pitch.

But with only that 20-minute run-out behind him, the Pompey boss is wary of asking too much too soon from the striker in tonight’s Fratton Park showdown with Burton.

Barker said: ‘Ryan was fine after the game on Saturday.

‘He was then doing some more rehab and strengthening work on the injury and has come through that.

‘But I don’t know if he’s ready to start – it would be a risk.

‘He has only trained for three days and would be slightly ahead of where we probably want him to be.’

Jervis was partnered with Aston Villa loanee Michael Drennan in attack for the Cheltenham stalemate – and Barker admits he is eager to restore Taylor to the side.

The Blues boss said: ‘He gives you something different and he is reliable on the ball.

‘If you knock the ball into him, you know he is going to deal with it.

‘It would be good to have him back because he was also on a good run of goals before the injury as well.’

– STEVE WILSON