Injury prone Walker suffers another setback
Takehyi Walker’s injury nightmare continues with the Boulevard striker suffering a recurrence of the metatarsal injury that ruled him out for much of last season.
Walker expects to be out of action for another six weeks after breaking his reoffending toe during his first training session back for Premier Division side Blazers.
Despite his cruel run of luck with injuries, the 26-year-old remains upbeat as he prepares to retread the already well-worn road to recovery.
“It’s the same injury as I had before which is very frustrating it was my first training session back as well,” said Walker, who has been restricted to just one Bermuda Hogges appearance during the past two seasons.
“Hopefully I’ll be back fit in about six weeks or so to help Boulevard out. It’s been hard because every time I’m fully recovered something seems to pop up.”
Walker admits his injury couldn’t have come at a worse time considering he had harboured hopes of being involved in Bermuda’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
“I’m a little upset that I’m missing (the qualifiers),” he said, “but that’s how it goes and you have to deal with what you have to deal with.”
Tipped by some to face a relegation battle this season having lost several key players to rival clubs, Boulevard made a surprise start to the league campaign by winning 3-2 at Dandy Town.
Walker watched his team-mates defy their critics at St John’s Field on Sunday and warned the naysayers they only served to make Blazers’ players even more determined.
“People saying we will get relegated; that’s a motivation booster right there,” he said. “I think it’s harsh because we’re one of the top teams in Bermuda. I guess because we have lost a few players this summer people think we will struggle.
“I understand why people on the outside have said that but as someone on the inside I know Boulevard will get over any hurdle put before us.”
The club captain remains unwavering in his belief that Boulevard will be more than competitive this campaign, an assertion based mainly on the players’ never-say-die spirit.
“But our character is always strong because we have had to come through a lot over the years,” said Walker.
“I have faith we will be okay this season and I know we are capable of pulling off quite a few more upsets over the other top teams.”
Boulevard will be looking to claim another prize scalp when they face defending champions North Village in the league on Saturday at BAA Field. Kick off is at 9pm