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Farnworth provides injury update

27 October 2021

First team physio Simon Farnworth has provided an update regarding short-term and long-term injuries to Stephen Robinson's squad.

Strikers Jon Obika and Courtney Duffus, midfielder Shane McLoughlin and goalkeeper André Filipe Da Silva Mendes are all ruled out with long term injuries, but are all making 'good progress'.

The likes of Josh McPake, Alfie McCalmont, Aaron Wildig and Arthur Gnahoua have each picked up little knocks, but could be back in action sooner rather than later.

Speaking on the long-term injuries, first team physio Simon Farnworth said: "Jon [Obika] is doing very well, we're coming up to 13 weeks post-operation now, and he should be back playing on about 16 weeks.

"He’s got the best part of a month to finish off but he’s done very well, he’s out on the pitch every day now, he’s working, he’s kicking balls, he’s running again, so he’s doing very well.

“Courtney’s [Duffus] been a little bit like Jon Obika, not a nice one, a very bad tear in the thigh and he’s had to be nice and steady really, and we’ve taken our time with him.

"He’s back running again and he’s doing some ball work, but again, he’ll need to step up over the next three to four weeks to make sure he’s back up at that time, probably about the same time, maybe just behind Jon Obika.”

"Shane's [McLoughlin] injury happened last Friday, he slipped and his foot and knee went underneath him into a very awkward position, it looked quite a serious injury at first, it was quite bad anyway.

"We got him scanned and he had a lot of bone bruising, he’s got a lot of soreness and swelling around the ankle and the knee, he’s just starting to light cycle, walking a bit better now, he’s going to be the best part of three weeks yet just with the severity of the injury he had.”

"Andre [Filipe Da Silva Mendes] went for a CT scan today just to check on the healing of the bone, the bone he fractured is called the scaphoid, which is quite a difficult bone, it doesn’t heal well, anybody who has had a scaphoid injury will be able to relate to that quite well.

“He had a little screw put into the bone and, like I say, he’s done very well, he’s rehabbed well, he’s been very patient for a young boy, he should be back full training in the next 10 days.”

Following Saturday's draw with Plymouth Argyle, forward Arthur Gnahoua picked up an injury, and Farnworth says the 29-year-old should be back playing in a couple of weeks.

“He got injured at the game on Saturday, he just twisted his knee, got some bone bruising, some soft tissue damage around the knee," he said.

"Nothing serious, but again, it’ll probably be a couple of weeks all together to be back playing.

“All the other ones, I call the ‘shorter term’ ones, which are the ones like Wildig, McPake and Alfie McCalmont, they’ll all be joining in over the next few days, so it’ll give the manager a few more choices."

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