News from the treatment room
Physio Neil Dalton gave us a pre-match injury update ahead of the game at Deepdale.
Danny Livesey hurt his hand during the second half of the FA Cup game on Saturday but he was able to finish the game. We sent him for an x-ray on Saturday night and that confirmed he had broken a bone in his hand. He was seen by our hand surgeon in Manchester on Monday night and the decision was taken that an operation wasn’t needed. An injury like this will rule him out for approximately three weeks, but we’ll check him with further x-rays on a weekly basis to make sure it’s healing as it should be. At the moment it’s a case of allowing the swelling to settle, which will take about a week, and then we’ll build things up for him so that we can keep on top of his match fitness levels.
Paul Thirlwell went over on his ankle in the Bournemouth game and a scan showed that there was a small tear in his ligaments. He’ll be out for approximately two weeks but it’s another one where he will be continually assessed.
Matt Robson had an injection in his back last Thursday and he did a little bit of light jogging on Monday. He has done some pool and gym work today [Tuesday] and it’s now a case of taking it day by day. These things can take a little bit of time to settle so it’s a difficult one in terms of setting a timescale. If it settles quickly then we can get him back in and around the squad, but we just have to wait and see.
Chris Chantler has a bit of a heel problem at the moment. He’s been playing with it, and through it, and it’s one of those we will monitor on a day-to-day basis. We keep him off it whenever we can and we give him treatment as and when required, but he’s managing to deal with it at the moment. He is a bit sore after a game but it eases as the days go on. He is still able to play which is the important thing for him.
Jon-Paul McGovern is now training and playing as normal flowing his hernia problem so that is excellent news for him.
Rory Loy has rejoined training but he isn’t quite ready for a first team competitive game at this moment.
Lee Miller is improving as each day goes by. He’s started with some very light jogging and we will now continue to gradually build things up for him. He’s doing well so it’s positive for him.
Mark Beck broke his finger on Friday night and there is still a bit of swelling there. We’re letting it settle at the moment and there’s a possibility he might be ready for the weekend. It’s 50:50 on that one though so we’ll know more when we assess him again on Thursday and Friday.