Experienced defender Taylor Duryea is inching closer to a return to football. 

The 29-year-old has yet to feature in 2020, due to a combination of an off-season groin injury and more recently, a persistent quad injury. 

But there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the second-year Dog, after pulling on the red, white and blue 14 times in 2019.

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“Taylor has had a lengthy stint in rehab due to some persisting quad tightness,” medical services manager, Chris Bell said. 

“He’s in line now to tick off top speed and will look to reintegrate back into full training in the next one-to-two weeks.”

Key forward Josh Schache has made better-than-expected progress with his groin complaint to be listed as a test for this week alongside forward Fergus Greene, who sustained a hand injury in Saturday’s scratch match.

Lin Jong (ankle) and Matt Suckling (hamstring) are also making strides with their recovery from longer-term injuries.

“Matt has started to be exposed to some top-end speed following his hamstring injury,” Bell said.

“At this stage, he’s on track to resume full training in the next one-to-two weeks.

“Lin is back up and running and he’s being exposed to some low-level drills. We hope to see him back in full training in the next two-to-three weeks.”

Injury list
Fergus Greene (hand) – test
Josh Schache (groin) – test
Hayden Crozier (toe) – 1-2 weeks
Taylor Duryea (quad) – 1-3 weeks
Lin Jong (ankle) – 2-4 weeks
Matt Suckling (hamstring) – 2-4 weeks