It had been originally thought a period of rest would help the healing foot, but further consultation with a specialist resulted in Taylor having surgery. His recovery time could be up to six months.
"That's a massive blow for him, that's the main thing. He's a lad who is progressing in his career, everybody likes him, and he's a good little player and now he can't play. My thoughts are for him. Maybe we can do something else. He can't, he's just got to have it operated on and get rehabbed. We'll be fortunate to have him available this season," said McCarthy.
Ipswich physio Matt Byard told the team's official website, "Paul has had a metal plate inserted to fix the injury in his midfoot area. He will be in a cast for six weeks and his total recovery is likely to take around six months. You can never be totally accurate with a return to action on long-term injuries. It's possible he could make the last few weeks of the season, but, more realistically, we are probably looking at Paul coming back fit and well for pre-season."
Taylor had played only three games for Ipswich after signing a 1.5 million (pound) deal.
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