In an interview with Dale Player, physio Andy Thorpe has given an update on how the injured Luke Watson (knee), Reece Gray (leg), Matt Edwards (wrist) and Peter Cavanagh (calf) are progressing.
“Luke went to see the surgeon today (Thursday 20th September) and he is doing really well,” said Thorpe. “He has done all the rehab that’s required of him and his knee is getting stronger. He is straight line running now and the next step is to check and turn, get on the grass, as well as continuing to build up his knee. We presume that in another three weeks he could be back playing.”
Fellow youngster Reece Gray has also been to see his surgeon this week and Thorpe says recovery is going well: “The surgeon is happy and I am happy with his progress. He is in a walking cast now so he is 40% weight bearing. He’s still on crutches but the boot means he is able to get around now. I have him walking around in the gym and he is given exercises to do. It is very slow but it has got to be like this because any movement that is untoward will cause a problem.”
Goalkeeper Matt Edwards who is also on Dale’s injured list underwent surgery last week on the wrist problem which has kept him sidelined since pre-season. Thorpe explains more about the procedure: “Matt has had what you call a denervation which is where they kill the nerve root which stops the pain going to the fracture in his wrist, so he will be pain free now.
“The operation went well and he will now let it settle down for the next week before moving on to try and get his range of movement back. He should get back to training in around 2 to 3 weeks and then we will see how he progresses from there.”
Captain Peter Cavanagh is the latest player to join the injury list at Spotland after picking up a calf injury and has missed Dale's two last outings.
“Peter has missed the last couple of weeks because he felt his calf [in the game against Burton Albion] so we brought him out. We’re currently trying to get his calf stronger and we’re taking our time what that instead of letting it settle down and then playing him at the risk of it breaking down.”
The full interview with Andy Thorpe is on DALE PLAYER now.