Bravery is a word that is often banded around in reference to football, but Matt Taylor showed true courage to take to the field at Chelsea on Sunday.

West Ham United's No14 played with a fractured jaw in the 2-0 Barclays Premier League at Stamford Bridge - an injury he suffered in the 1-0 win at Stoke City 15 days previously.

Taylor told West Ham TV he was not putting his long-term health at risk by pulling on his claret and blue shirt in west London, where the Hammers produced a spirited display in going down to the UEFA Champions League winners.


"I wasn't that close to not playing," he confirmed. "I ticked all the boxes I needed to in terms of the concussion, that was the big worry for me. The manager said that I had fractured my jaw and I have, but it is not in a position that will hinder me in terms of playing, so that obviously is a positive. It was more a case of whether I felt ready to play and I felt fine, I have had no ill effects from the concussion fortunately so there was no reason not to be involved today.

"I have got a small fracture somewhere in my jaw and it is a bit sore now, but as I say it is one of those things that will heal and I was given the choice whether I was happy to continue playing with it and I was. It is not something that was going to stop me playing and that is from the professional advice that I have taken.

"It is not something that is going to cause me too many problems in the future providing I don't go in for any challenges like the one that actually hurt it."

In a revealing interview, Taylor also discussed West Ham's defeat in detail, the disruption caused by the current international break and the squad's belief that they will retain their place in the Barclays Premier League.

West Ham TV