Successful surgery for Lankester

Jack Lankester has undergone successful surgery 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.

Speaking on Lankester’s injury, Town physio Matt Byard said: “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,”

“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.”

Speaking on Saturday on Life’s a Pitch, Lankester said: “On Monday I’ll be going in for surgery and for four to five months after that I’ll have another scan and we’ll see what the outcome is after that,” he said.

“We’ve got a great physio team here and medical staff and I’m seeing the best specialists in London so that’s all I can ask for to get this sorted.”

“When it first happened last season I was just getting in the team.

“But obviously these things happen and you’re never going to go through a career without injury, so to have it now and get it sorted now, hopefully, it’ll leave me to it for the rest of my career.”