Injury Updates: Deeney, Welbeck, Capoue, Prödl & More
The club's Head of Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation was delighted to see Troy Deeney take the next step on his road to recovery by running on the grass this morning.
The club captain laced up his boots for the first time since the game at Goodison Park on the second week of the season and churned out some laps of one of the pitches at the training ground in London Colney with Sports Scientist Lee Stafford. Providing the right knee suffers no adverse reaction, the 31-year-old striker will continue to step up his rehabilitation this week as he nears a return.
“It's very good news,” said Alberto Leon. “Today is the first day he is outside. He was feeling well and from now, slowly slowly, we are going to start doing more until he is ready to train with the team. It's the first day and the feelings are really good. He has been working really hard in the gym, on the bike, in the pool and on the treadmill. We have worked on his condition and now we are starting to build up the football performance.”
There was more good news with the sight of Étienne Capoue (back) and Sebastian Prödl (hamstring) joining in a large part of training this morning.
“Capoue is feeling much better,” said Leon on the midfielder who has missed the last two matches. “He did modified training with the team. He is still feeling some discomfort so he is improving and we are hoping he can join the team fully. Prödl has good feelings after modified training. He will continue with the team.”
Isaac Success was also out on the grass this morning as he nears a comeback following a groin problem.
“He will start training with the team tomorrow,” said Leon. “He is feeling really good. He has been working really hard and we hope he can be like Capoue and Prödl and start modified training.”
Leon added that the club are waiting to fully complete their investigation into the extent of Danny Welbeck's injury before announcing a likely return date. The England striker was substituted early on Saturday against Tottenham with a hamstring problem.
“We are waiting on the report from one of the specialists,” said Leon. “We did a first report and it's not the best news but we are waiting for this opinion. We will decide in a few days what we are going to do with the rehab.”
Meanwhile, Dan Phillips, last season's Young Player of the Year, will be out until the end of January following ankle surgery after the midfielder picked up an injury while on loan at Hemel Hempstead. Young forward Kane Crichlow is halfway through a 12-week lay-off following a lower leg fracture while scholar George Langston, who was part of the team who reached the FA Youth Cup final last season, is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after knee surgery.