Simon Crampton provides a positive update on MK Dons’ injured players, including attacking midfielder Chuks Aneke and striker Kieran Agard...
George has had a very positive week or so. It’s almost a month since he suffered his injury and he’s been progressed very well in his rehabilitation. We have six-phased approach to dealing with hamstring injuries and George has now completed that final phase. He returned to training this week.
Unfortunately, Kieran sustained a low-grade knee ligament injury following a tackle during the clash with Bristol Rovers. He has needed a short period of treatment and rehabilitation but all being well, we hope to have him back in training later this week.
Chuks has also had a very positive couple of weeks. When we last spoke, I mentioned that he had started to build through his running progressions, which he has now completed. He has recently undergone a football-specific rehabilitation programme and we are currently in the early stages of the next step, which is integrating him into training. We will closely monitor him during this stage and will aim to build him up slowly, through a progression in his training time.
We signed Chuks knowing he had a problematic injury which has now seen him out of action for almost a year. He has, though, made excellent progress since he’s been with us and has worked tirelessly during this two-and-a-half month period. It’s been very frustrating for him but his superb progression is a testament to him and his application.
There is still a long way to go and returning to full-time training and first-team matches will be a big hurdle for him to overcome but the early signs are very positive.
Scott is just over six weeks removed from the surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament. He has now completed the first phase of his rehabilitation and, at this stage, is ahead of schedule – all in all he’s in a very promising place.
We can’t take away from the fact he’s had a significant injury and operation to correct the issue, so it’s important we remain grounded and be careful not to be aggressive with the rehabilitation.
I must say, though, Scott has shown great character and he’s determined to come back a stronger and better player – if he continues on the same path, then we have no doubt that he will do just that.