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Derek's Walking Wounded Update

The Gaffer on the Slowly-Improving Injury Situation

2 November 2017

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams has provided an update on the club’s injury situation.

The club have had a large number of injuries in recent weeks, most notably in the goalkeeper department, with three senior goalkeepers expected to be out long term. The boss updated the media earlier today on their progress.

“Kyle Letheren is out for four months,” Adams confirmed. “He’s had an operation on his thigh muscle. He had the tendon sewn back on last week, and from that date it was up to four months before he could return. Robbert Te Loeke has still got a problem with his disc in his back. He’s got a bulging disc and he needs to go back to the consultant to see if he might require an operation.”

“Luke McCormick is recovering from his ankle injury slowly. He’s tried to return a couple of times with the ‘keeper coach. He’s felt his ankle has been too sore.”

Two players who are starting to ease their way back into contention are midfielder Jamie Ness and striker Ryan Taylor. Ness is closest to a first team return, with Taylor not quite recovering as quickly as initially hoped.

“[Ryan’s] moving along,” said Derek. “He’s done some light training. He’s behind schedule; he should have been back before now but he is with us doing light training at this moment in time. He started on Monday, so we’re just easing him back into training at this moment in time.

“[Jamie] came back into training at the end of last week for a couple of days, and he’s been training again this week, so he should be back up to speed very soon.”

There’s also been a setback for Oscar Threlkeld, whose recovery from injury has also taken longer than initially anticipated.

“[Oscar’s] still with the physiotherapist. He had a hairline fracture that hadn’t healed properly after nine weeks. It was supposed to heal after four-to-five weeks but there was an issue around that.”

Continuing to take advantage of an unfortunate situation is Norwich goalkeeper Remi Matthews, who has been given permission to play in the FA Cup by his parent club. Adams continued his praise of the shot-stopper, although admitted he’s been fortunate for the opportunity.

“He wouldn’t have had that [opportunity] unless the injuries had happened, because he couldn’t have gone out on loan. Well, he could have gone to the conference, but he’s gone to League One and a very good standard of football. He’s played in two games and played very well, and he gives us that experience.”


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