Speaking to iFollow Bury this morning (video will be available online later today), the gaffer gave us an injury update on Phil Edwards, Danny Mayor and Eoghan O’Connell.
As we revealed last week, Phil Edwards needed minor surgery to correct a torn cartilage, but Lee Clark revealed there is good news regarding his rehab.
“Phil Edwards has come on brilliantly,” said the Manager. “The surgery was very clean and very positive and he is already back doing some CV (Cardio Vascular) work and exercises. He is probably going to miss the first week, or the first three games.
“He has a great chance of being back for Bristol Rovers because of his injury history, mentality and professionalism that he could be back for the following week. He is coming on great. It’s the unfortunate side of football.
The focus for us is to not have soft tissue injuries, that’s a big no-no for us. Anything else is just uncontrollable, that’s football, that’s the game we are in.”
When asked about Eoghan O’Connell though and the injury he suffered against Crewe in the pre-season game last weekend, Lee revealed the full extent of the damage.
“Everyone saw it against Crewe. He has tried to slide through to the ball and his leg has gone under him, not helped by the lad from Crewe landing on top of him.
Eoghan has had the scan and it’s revealed that he has a tear in his posterior cruciate ligament and he will be out for ten weeks. It’s another one that you cannot control, it’s part of the game. These are the type of things that we have to take on the chin as a football club. What we can prevent are the muscle injuries. It’s unfortunate for the lad but he is cracking on with his rehab.”
Danny Mayor, meanwhile, is continuing to suffer from the injury that saw him miss the latter half of last season, and Lee revealed that he wants an answer to the problem, one that hopefully will come soon with a visit to a specialist in London.
“Danny Mayor is on a one-to-one programme with Jim Henry because he felt uncomfortable at half time in the Macclesfield game. We have to find a solution because it’s frustrating for everyone, certainly for Danny himself and me. I tried to play him that night in a position where he could get a lot of work.
“He is missing out on crucial fitness work and game time. It’s been a vicious circle with him so we have decided to give him one-to-one care with the medical staff. He comes in at a different time so that he has that personal touch with the physio, he's not in with the rest of the group. When he comes in, it’s all about Danny.
Jim Henry works with him on his fitness. We have also taken the opportunity for him to visit a specialist in London next week so we can get an idea of where he is at. Since I have come through the door, it’s just been a vicious circle. We've been going around in circles with him and we haven't been able to get him to the level that is required to play 95 minutes of football. Hopefully, this will be the answer because it’s been very frustrating for everyone.”
The full video interview with be live on iFollow later today