Head of Sports Medicine Simon Crampton offers an update on a very positive week in the treatment room...
Darren has finished his rehabilitation and started light training. While the team were in Huddersfield he had a couple of sessions with Keith Andrews and the other players who weren’t involved in the game. He will continue training this week with a view to be integrated back into the first team.
It has been six weeks since Cody’s operation and he has worked tremendously hard during his rehabilitation. He saw the specialist on Monday evening and was given the all-clear to return training with Paul Heald and the other goalkeepers. We’ll continue to keep an eye on him.
Dean has been with us for a couple of weeks because of an ankle injury. We started his rehabilitation in Portugal but he’s back in training now and was one of those who stayed behind with Keith earlier this week. Once he’s completed a few more sessions and we’re happy that he’s had no reactions then he can be available for match play.
Mark is back in training and he played against Didcot last week. He’s still got a few bits to do with us but he’s not far from being ready to return to competitive match action. He just needs to build his fitness up in training and get some minutes where he can.
Matt has been doing well in his rehab on a calf strain. He is running on the Alter-G Anti-Gravity treadmill and he’s coped with that well so far. He’s on a strengthening and loading programme and we’re going to gradually progress him over the next week. Once he’s comfortable running and changing direction then we’ll look to have him back in training.
Dale is progressing steadily. We are increasing the load on his tendon with the aim of enhancing the quality. That will continue for another two week period and once that is completed then he’ll re-assess him. From there we’ll know how far we can push him going forward.
Joe is edging closer to being able to start running. It’s been tough for him as he’s been out for nine weeks but he’s worked really hard every day. The rehab has been relentless but he’s had a terrific attitude throughout. We’re going to see the specialist in a week’s time with a view to him starting running with the Alter-G Anti-Gravity treadmill. Once we’ve started building up on that and we’re happy with his progress, we’ll look to move him outside. There’s still a way to go yet but he’s getting closer and heading in the right direction.