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Positive news on the injury front

Head physiotherapist Steve Allen says City’s injury list has diminished during the club’s pre-season training camp in Tenerife.

Since returning from the summer break, Allen and his team have been extremely busy working with the players who sustained injuries during the off-season, and in the opening weeks of pre-season.

Matty Taylor, Milan Djuric, Aaron Wilbraham, Gustav Engvall, Gary O’Neil and Jens Hegeler have all required treatment, but the severity of the injuries are a lot more encouraging as the squad prepare to return from the Canary Island.  

“There has been some good news this week in terms of injuries,” Allen told BCTV.

“Jens Hegeler returned to training after the groin problem he sustained at Yeovil, while Gary O’Neil featured in yesterday’s practice match with no complaints.

“Gustav Engvall returned from his loan spell with a calf problem. He trained shortly afterwards and joined back up with the squad and played on Saturday, which is great.

“Aaron Wilbraham is in the gym now, progressing with the fitness coaches and has actually been running out on the pitches and the tracks. I envisage him to enter back into training by the end next week.

“We are left now with Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor, both of whom are suffering from significant groin injuries.

“They have progressed really well this week though. They have worked hard in the gym, building up the strength of their abductors, and I am looking to get them running once back in England.

“I think a time scale for their return to full fitness is difficult to predict because the injury can flare up, but I’m hoping in the next couple of weeks they will return to training and think about playing.”

WHAT HE SAID

"Our aim as a department is to have every player fit and available for selection for that first game.”

Steve Allen

Allen has been extremely impressed with the club’s base at T3 (Tenerife Top Training) and admits the facilities available to the squad have assisted his team during a difficult period in the football calendar. 

“The facilities are fantastic,” he continued. “It gives me a lot of time to work with the injured players. It’s not just about working in the gym, the players have their recovery time and we have the use of swimming pool, which is great.

“To be honest I hate pre-season. It’s a tough time because players are returning from the off-season programme, go back into playing, and because the load is so demanding they always sustain a lot of injuries.

“Most injuries in football are sustained in July and December and that runs true with the start of the pre-season programme and the match intensity of the Christmas programme.

“We are seeing positive results though and our aim as a department is to have every player fit and available for selection for that first game.”