Ahead of Saturday's game at Barnsley, Head of Medical Services Alastair Thrush provides the latest from Sparrows Lane's treatment room.
George Lapslie suffered a nasty head-to-head collision at the end of the Coventry game which resulted in him requiring several stiches to a large facial laceration. Unfortunately the episode has also resulted in some further concussive symptoms for which he will require some extended time out, as this will be his second concussion in as many weeks. He will be continually reviewed by the medical team and will be re-integrated back into training as appropriate.
Josh Cullen continues to make good progress following the left shoulder dislocation he suffered away to Walsall. He is back outside completing ballwork and conditioning sessions with the strength and conditioning staff and is working on the final stages of strength work in the gym. It is hoped that he will re-integrate back into team training in the next two weeks.
Joe Aribo suffered an injury to his left knee in a tackle in our win over Gillingham. He has damaged a number of structures within the knee, but thankfully none of them too badly. He is currently in a protective brace whilst the knee settles, after which he will start his rehab work in the gym. It is anticipated that he will be out for four-six weeks as a result of the injury.
Lewis Page continues his rehabilitation and has started some running and movement drills outside with the physio. He will likely remain out until February at the earliest.
Igor Vetokele is expected back at the end of February after his right shoulder dislocation in our game against Walsall. Whilst the injury was the same as that suffered by Josh Cullen in the same game, the damage caused by the dislocation was a little more extensive, and as such, he had a slightly different operation six weeks ago, for which the recovery will be longer. He is making good progress however and working hard in the gym with his rehabilitation.
Jake Forster-Caskey remains out following the ACL rupture sustained at the start of the season. He is however progressing ahead of schedule and due to commence running again within the next few weeks, which is a great testament to the hard work and hours he has been putting in with his rehabilitation to date in the gym.