Head of Sports Medicine Simon Crampton and Sports Therapist Adam Ross provide an update on the players rehabbing in Portugal.
Whilst out here the quintet have taken part in an enduring three/four sessions a day as well as making the most of the facilities, including a gym and swimming pool, to maximise their recoveries.
Following on from when we last spoke, Darren has progressed well and completed a period of rehabilitation aimed at increasing strength and stability around his knee joint.
We are now are at a stage where he is straight-line running. We will continue to build on his rehab during our time in the Algarve and, all being well, we hope he will be able to integrate into full training with the squad upon on our return.
Cody has had a fantastic couple of weeks which has seen him begin some goalkeeper-specific training with Paul Heald. He still needs to undergo a further period of rehab with us while continuing to progress his goalkeeping drills.
If he continues to progress along the same path, the aim is for him to integrate into training over the next two weeks.
Dean strained a small ligament in his ankle during contact. This is a common injury in football and, in Dean’s case, he will need about two weeks of treatment and rehab before he returns to training.
Joe is now seven weeks into his rehab and is progressing very well. We removed his knee brace last week and have now been able to up the rehab process.
We are currently working on restoring strength and stability in his knee in order to ensure he is ready to start running in around four weeks.
Dale, who has been out of action with a knee injury, is also progressing along well. He is undergoing a patella tendon loading programme and will need a further few weeks of this before we move him on to a running schedule.
Mark has had an excellent four weeks, a period which has seen him increase his capacity for football-based training. He is now at a stage where he has returned to training. We will need to keep a close eye on him over the next few weeks as he integrates back into the squad but the early signs are progressing.
Crampton concluded: “All of the players have shown a tremendous work ethic and attitude, as has Adam Ross who deserves a special mention for his continued tireless efforts with the treatment and rehabilitation of our players.”
Ross said: “It’s been a nice change of scenery for the players who have are all working extremely hard. The training camp has provided them all the opportunity to continue to focus on their own respective injuries.
“With some of the players are at similar stages of their rehabilitation, it has allowed them to work and support each other in a group environment which hopefully helps the hard graft seem a little easier!”