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James Crawley


Posted Friday, March 16th 2018

Most challenging season for injuries - Allen

Head physio Steve Allen says the 2017/18 season has "probably been the most challenging" he has ever experienced in all of his three decades in football.

There have been ten operations to City's players this season, which has seen the likes of Callum O'Dowda (ankle), Milan Djuiric (groin), Eros Pisano (hamstring) and Jens Hegeler (knee) on the sidelines for months.

Pisano and Djuric have recently returned to the first team, while O'Dowda and Hegeler are edging closer to their respective returns.

Matty Taylor has also missed much of the season through injury and underwent surgery for a hernia last month.

Speaking exclusively to BCTV, Allen said: "I’ve been working in professional football for 32 years as a physio and this has been probably the most challenging season I have ever come across."

He described City's ten operations as "an awful lot", adding: "We’re now at the back end of things but it’s been very challenging, very hard work."

He continued: "The injuries have all been serious enough to warrant operations. At one stage at the end of October, start of November was difficult. Some of the lads had had operations and then Ivan Lucic was carried in.

"His knee had locked and he needed surgery too. He was in a bad way and I wasn’t far behind him!

"We would normally expect three or four in a season. We’ve had extremely bad luck. It can go like that sometimes."

Watch the full interview below.