Town set to boosted with key players return once football resumes

Town could be boosted when the players eventually return to Playford Road with the return of James Norwood and Kane Vincent-Young to first team training.

Norwood underwent surgery on an adductor problem in February while KVY has not featured since having an operation, also to an adductor tendon, in November.  

The duo, along with Town’s other injured players, have shown some creativity in continuing their rehabilitation from home says Town physio, Matt Byard.

“Judgey [Alan] can’t do much. He’s still in a boot after fracturing a metatarsal but the others are all doing some rehab,” Byard told the Club website.

“They are working diligently and creatively at home. Nors and Kane took half the Club’s gym home with them!

“Tristan [Nydam] is doing what he can and Jack Lankester is using his garden and doing hurdles to keep himself ticking over.

“With Nors and Kane, we were working towards them being back with the group by the end of April but we will have to see when we get the clearance to start training again.”

When asked about the wider footballing world, Byard believes football has to wait until it is safe to resume.

“There is only one thing that is in control at the moment and that’s the virus,” the Town physio told the Club website.

“I don’t think we can start talking about dates for a return to football until the Government says things are levelling out and they are getting on top of it.

“We have got the 12 week social isolation in place for those most at risk, we are all in lockdown for three weeks and the social distancing rules are likely to go on long after that.

“We don’t know how long this is going to last for. My personal view is that football waits until it’s deemed safe for players to return to training and that can only be when restrictions that we have in place are lifted and the virus is under control.

“Only then can we start to look at a timeline for games to resume and obviously the longer the players are off training, the longer you need to get them back to a good physical condition to play games and reduce the risk of injury.

“I hear talk of trying to finish the season in the space of three weeks or so when players will be asked to play three or four times a week. Physically that would be one of the biggest challenges I would have heard of given the circumstances they would be approaching that schedule.”

Playing games behind closed doors has been mooted as a possibility if the coronavirus continues over a lengthy period, something Byard would be against.

“Tristan Nydam suffered his injury [broken ankle] in a pre-season friendly. That was near enough a game played behind closed doors but he still needed urgent medical attention from the NHS, and subsequent surgery. I don’t see how we can make any extra demand on the Health Service presently,” he explained.

“Until the Government deem it suitable and pressure on the health service is relieved, I can’t see why we should be putting dates on the season starting or players training.”    

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