West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor ready for training return


The West Ham United midfielder Matthew Taylor is hoping to return to training next week after being knocked unconscious at Stoke on Saturday.

Taylor was caught in the face by Peter Crouch's boot as the striker attempted an overhead kick.

He was treated quickly by medical staff on the pitch at the Britannia Stadium, and was able to travel back home with the West Ham club doctor before being assessed again after a period of rest.

"I am not too bad. My head is fine and I am feeling a lot better," Taylor said. "It is the first time I have been knocked out in my career, or in my life for that matter. Seeing the incident again, I was very fortunate that I don't have any lasting head damage.

"I feel fine and it is just a protocol to follow now to get back training. With no game this weekend, I can take my time and get fit to return to training next week, all things being well."