Charlie Taylor has opened up about his illness hell at Leeds this season.
Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that his absence has been 'frustrating', having been sidelined with a bout of glandular fever.
Taylor, 22, has come up through the ranks at Elland Road, and after loan spells with the likes of Bradford City, York City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Fleetwood Town, the left back made his step up to become a first-team regular following the sale of Stephen Warnock to Derby County in January.
The youngster started the season as Leeds' first choice left back, but has been sidelined for around six weeks now after suffering from glandular fever.
With no appearances since playing against Birmingham City at the start of October, Taylor has lost his place at left back to Gaetano Berardi, with the youngster making his way back to full health.
Now, Taylor has been speaking about his frustrations at being essentially bed-ridden due to his illness, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that he feels quite lucky having seen some people be affected by glandular fever for up to a year.
Taylor also admitted that he is undergoing a rigorous training plan to get himself back in contention for the Leeds first team, calling it a 'mini pre-season'.
"After the tests came back I read up about the side-effects, as you do," said Taylor. "The illness and fatigue can affect people for up to a year and that was a worry. So in a way I’m probably quite lucky to be back already and training as soon as this. That doesn’t mean it was nice though."
"It’s been frustrating for me. I’d played every game and then to get this and be bed-bound was horrible. I couldn’t really get out of my house. But the hard work starts now. I’m basically doing a mini pre-season to get fit and get back in the team," he added.