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Injury update from Tenerife

Head physiotherapist Steve Allen has issued an update on the injured members within City’s first-team squad.

The club’s seven-day warm weather training camp at T3 (Tenerife Top Training) is well under way, but Lee Johnson and his coaching staff are still without several players through injury.

With the season opener against Barnsley fast approaching, Matty Taylor, Milan Djuric and Jens Hegeler are all of varying concern for City’s head coach, while Aaron Wilbraham remains sidelined from an injury sustained in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers last season (April 17th).  

“It’s been a busy time. A couple of the boys have come back from the closed season injured which is unfortunate and with the normal knocks and niggles it’s been a busy period,” Allen declared on Facebook Live.

“Matty developed a chronic groin problem from doing lots of leg strengthening work over the summer. He had an injection on Thursday so I am hopeful by the end of the week he will push on a little bit, but we’ve just got to see how his symptoms go.

“Milan is a complicated problem. Last season he had quite a severe stomach and groin pain. He had a successful hernia operation at the end of March but is again suffering with his groin. We will work on building the muscle and get him back into training when he is ready.

“Jens is another player we are watching. Whilst warming up at Yeovil he felt some discomfort in his groin. Realistically he could have probably played but there was no point so we pulled him out. He will be in the gym with me today and all things being well he will return to normal training tomorrow.

“Finally, Alby opened his medial ligament in the Blackburn game (April 17th). He is approximately 13 weeks on and has had injections into the ligament to stiffen it up. All things being well he will be back running by the end of the week.”

Elsewhere, Gary O’Neil’s foot injury is showing signs of progression and Gustav Engvall is recovering from a calf complaint sustained while on loan at Djurgarden.

“Gaz trained last night and is doing ok,” Allen added. “There was a query whether he had a stress fracture in a metatarsal but we will make sure he doesn’t overdo it.

“Meanwhile, Gustav recently developed a calf problem. We monitored him closely yesterday but he has returned to training today. He seems fine fitness wise and the games he has played of late will be of benefit, but we will continue to monitor him.”

Watch all the action from the first two days training in Tenerife for free on the club’s in-house TV channel, BCTV.