This weekend, we were due to play our final league game of the season. Unfortunately, we still have nine to play...if possible. So we thought an injury update on those first team players who were nursing knocks or recovering from injury absences might be useful.
Forward Lucas Boye returned to his parent club, Torino, after experiencing between 3-4 weeks of persistent groin pain. He underwent hernia surgery and completed the initial rehabilitation period in Italy before returning to the UK to complete his recovery.
The loanee is now working to the same exercise programmes which have been given to the fully fit members of the first team squad. Strength and conditioning staff will now look to help him develop his physical conditioning and match fitness.
Centre-back Tom McIntyre had picked up an ankle injury in our FA Cup replay win in Cardiff at the start of February and he had just started to reintegrate into the first team group training sessions prior to the suspension of football and he has been on the same exercise programme as the fit members of the squad during this period of lockdown.
Striker Lucas Joao had been absent with a significant hamstring injury sustained during our win over Fulham on Ney Year’s Day. A 12-week rehabilitation period had gone well and he had resumed training with first team squad ahead of football’s halt.
He had been due to build up some game time during the international break with a view to being available for first team selection in the last month or so of the season. So he too is following the fit players’ programme to maintain his physical conditioning and fitness.
Andy Rinomhota had picked up an ankle ligament injury in helping is to our final victory pre-lockdown, a 3-1 win at St Andrew’s. The midfielder is rehabilitating with a programme at home which currently involves running and some light ball work. We are hopefully he will be able to resume full training with the first team squad when we return and be available for the remaining games.
Fellow midfielder Ovie Ejaria sustained a knee ligament injury in the same game at Birmingham City. His rehabilitation has been monitored over this seven-week period and he is currently doing some straight line running. Again, the hope is that he will be able to resume full training with the first team squad as and when we return and should be available for the remaining games.