Lankester to undergo surgery

Jack Lankester will have surgery next week after sustaining a second stress fracture in his back.

The 19-year-old wide player suffered the injury during Town’s pre-season game against Fortuna Dusseldorf and after Blues’ medical staff consulted expert advice at home and abroad, it has been decided that an operation is the best way forward.

“Jack had a stress fracture in January. After a period of six months rehabilitation and further scans, he was cleared by a specialist to return to pre-season training,” Town physio Matt Byard told the Club website.

“Unfortunately Jack suffered a subsequent stress fracture against Fortuna. It’s a completely new injury.

“Having spoken to leading consultants in the UK and the US, they have advised us that a minimally invasive procedure will help his fracture to heal.

“This is specialist approach to the treatment of a stress fracture and he will have surgery next week. He will then have a focused rehabilitation period over the coming months.

“He will have a scan after five months and from there we will have a much clearer idea of when he can return to training.”

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