Former Port Vale defender Kris Taylor is back in action after he underwent successful surgery to remove a tumour.
30 year-old father-of-one Taylor, had surgery in early February after being diagnosed with testicular cancer on January 31. He has now completed a course of chemotherapy and has returned to playing duties with Hednesford.
According to the Hednesford Town official website, Taylor made an “emotional” return to the side and helped inspire them to a dramatic 3-2 win over Guiseley which boosts Town’s chances of promotion.
Taylor told the press: “I had the operation in the first week of February and then in the first week of March I had a course of chemotherapy, which meant four days in hospital.
“Then I had a booster the following week and another one the week after through injections.
“Now I just have to have regular checks and I have to go every couple of months for the first year. The tumour was removed and the CT scan showed nothing, but obviously if there are any stray cells they have hopefully been killed by the chemo.”
Taylor played for Port Vale between 2009 and 2011 and the former left-back has received many messages of support from Vale fans following the news of his cancer diagnosis.
OVF would like to wish Kris all the best for a continued clean bill of health.
Fans applaud Kris
Views from the Hednesford Town Supporters Association forum…
“Great to see Kris Taylor back. He’s shown great determination and desire and clearly this is inspiring the rest of the squad…”
“Seeing Kris come on and the ovation he deservedly got in doing so, is up there with any of the highlights of this season…”
“It was so great to see Tayls back in action…”
Check ‘Em Lads advice
The Check ‘Em Lads charity encourages awareness of testicular cancer and offers support. Here is their video guide on how to check yourselves for the symptoms of testicular cancer: