The festive period is always a tough time with such a congested fixture period and short turn around times between games and unfortunately, this hasn’t been helped with our misfortunes in picking up more injuries.
We seem to be on the rough side of it with injuries this season and pick up more serious injuries instead of small kicks and knocks.
Hopefully we can start to buck this trend and get the players back fit ASAP to provide the Manager with a full strength squad to continue our fight to pull out of the relegation zone.
As you are all aware, Elliott Durrell suffered a knee injury just before Christmas. He has since had a minor and successful operation. He is already grafting and chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible. We hope to see him grace the Moss Rose some time before the end of February.
James Pearson unfortunately picked up a similar knee injury to Elliott and has since undergone a successful operation. This week, he is undertaking his rehabilitation alongside the club at St Georges Park to help to try and speed up his return to the pitch. We hope to have him fit and available by the end of February if all goes to plan.
Ben Stephens came off on the wrong side of a full blooded 50/50 challenge on Boxing Day and suffered ligament damage to his ankle. He has come out of his protective boot and is responding well to his rehab. He has begun his graded return and will be starting his pitch based rehab in the coming week. All being well, Ben will be ready to play within the next month.
Rhys Taylor has been out for a period of time with a hip and groin injury. He has made good progress lately and hopefully this will continue so we can progress him towards the grass in the near future.
Danny Whitaker has been suffering with an acute back problem that has flared up his hip in recent weeks and has left him unable to train or play. Hopefully we can settle this down and get him back into contention in the near future.
Ryan Lloyd picked up an ankle injury against Swindon. His rehab has been very positive and his ankle has settled well. He returned to the grass today for his pitch based rehab and will return team training as soon as possible over the next few weeks.
We’ve had a rough ride with injuries the first half of the season and we are doing everything we can to get players back out there to build on our good form and keep climbing the table.
Hopefully the second half of this season can be a turning point for us and we can continue to progress the injured back to the pitch as soon as possible.