Lambert provides injury update
Yesterday Town boss Paul Lambert spoke about his lengthy injury list and provided an update on when players could be returning to action.
Town are set to be missing several key players for the season opener at Burton, Toto Nsiala, Teddy Bishop, Jack Lankester and Tristan Nydam have all picked up injuries during pre-season. While Jon Nolan, Gwion Edwards, Alan Judge and Freddie Sears remain in the treatment room.
Starting with Tristan Nydam who is set to be out for at least six months with a broken ankle.
“Horrific, I was standing right next to it when it happened,” Lambert recalled. “It wasn’t nice viewing as I said after the game but hopefully we’ll have him back before the end of the season.
“He was doing well for us as well, that was the galling thing. It was just an accident, there was no malice in the tackle, it was just a tackle, it was never over the top or anything untoward, it just happens and unfortunately it’s given him a bad one.”
Town are without Teddy Bishop (knee, three months), Toto Nsiala (hamstring, six weeks) and Jack Lankester (reoccurrence of back injury, unknown) who have suffered injuries during pre-season, while Gwion Edwards (groin), Jon Nolan (calf), Freddie Sears, Ben Morris (both ACL) and Ben Folami (achilles) are still injured from last season. Alan Judge should be nearing a return following his broken wrist he sustained on international duty.
“I can put up with contact injuries, Bish’s one is a contact injury, football injury, football movement, it’s not a muscle injury,” Lambert added.
“Toto’s is the one that’s frustrating because it’s a muscle injury. Tristan and Bish, they’re the ones you can’t do anything about, they happen.
“I just saw the Liverpool lad [Nathaniel Clyne] who has just done his ACL in pre-season. These sorts of thing happen, you just have to take it.”
When asked about duo Edwards and Nolan, Lambert said it shouldn’t be too long before they’re both back in action: “This weekend is maybe too early, we’ll see how they are next week. They’re doing well, they’ve hardly done anything but they’re just coming back. We need to get a few out of the treatment room, that’s for sure.”
He admitted both players would be in desperate need for game time: “Just on games. They’re training, they’re doing work with the physios and the rehab guys, it’s just getting them back out with us. We’ll have to get them back out with us.
“We’ll have wait and see how they are, they’re two naturally fit guys anyway, which is a bonus, so we’ll see how they go.”