Luke Leahy tries to challenge Fulham’s Imani Lanquedoc
Wycombe boss Matt Bloomfield was delighted to see midfielder Luke Leahy back on the pitch as they beat Fulham Under-21s 3-2 in the EFL Trophy.
It followed a clash of heads with team-mate Josh Scowen, and he needed several minutes of treatment before being taken to hospital.
“It’s a huge, huge plus,” Bloomfield told BBC Three Counties Radio.
“Luke has been incredible for us this season – he’s been a massive loss over the last couple of weeks.
“He showed all that personality that he brings to the team, the enthusiasm, the camaraderie – he came off and was still shouting from the bench, him and Jack [Grimmer], still encouraging the boys, still talking them through it.
“You need those guys that have been there and done it, so it’s fantastic for him [to be back] and fantastic for us.”
Leahy was involved in the build-up for Wycombe’s first two goals at Adams Park as they booked their place in the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.
And following the game, he posted on social media: “I’ve missed this! So happy to be back out there with the boys.”
Dale Taylor – on loan from Nottingham Forest – scored two of Wycombe’s goals, having been brought into the starting line-up at short notice when namesake Lyle Taylor was injured during the pre-match warm-up.
“He’s such an unselfish player and we went to great lengths to get him in in the summer, there’s more goals to come from him and that brace will do his confidence the world of good,” Bloomfield said.
On Lyle Taylor, he added: “I don’t know how serious it is, we’ll figure that out in the next couple of days.
“I was only told about it two minutes before we came out to kick-off the game. It was literally as last-minute as you can get to change the team.
“It’s disappointing for Lyle because he’s desperate to do well for us and get goals himself. We’ll assess him and see how long it will take.”