News confirmed that Weso has injured his cruciate ligamentMicky Mellon is facing up to the fact that he will once again be without the services of midfielder James Wesolowski. Weso had recovered from a cruciate ligament injury which kept him out of action for 6 months.
He had returned to first team action but midway through the first half of the win away to Barnsley he pulled up and was replaced. He saw his specialist on Monday and the scans have revealed that he has picked up another cruciate ligament injury.
Weso is booked in for an operation next week and he will then begin the hard work to once again get him back to fitness and a return to the Town starting line-up. The early prognosis is that an injury such as this will take around 9 months to recover from.
The news has come as a blow to Micky Mellon but his concern and thoughts are with Weso after this latest setback;”Unfortunately he's gone and picked up the same type of injury again and I'm devastated for him and his family after the work that he has put in.
“I've spoken to him today and we've said that everyday is a day to look forward to as it's a day closer to him recovering again.
“He's got to show all of that character again and I’m sure that he will and he will get all the support that he needs and we will all get right behind him.”
Weso put in a 45 yard defensive run against Barnsely to snuff out an attack from the home side, and soon after that he went down and was unable to carry on. Looking back at the game there is no moment that anyone can pinpoint where an injury might have been picked up;”There is no real trauma involved in it or a moment that has caused it, I’ve spoken to Skitty today and Weso hasn't felt a moment where he's thought that it's gone.
“It's just unfortunately one of these things and all that we can do now is support Weso as much as possible.”
Weso picked up his initial ACL injury at the start of the year and since then he has shown great strength and character to come back. The gaffer is expecting the same again from a player with such a strong character and belief;”There is no doubt that Weso being the type of lad he is will see it as a challenge and want to tackle this head on.
“We will get round him as much as possible and help him with his battle back to fitness again.”
“The one thing that you can guarantee is that everyone at the club will get right behind him and be with him every step of the way again.
“I know everyone will do everything they can to make him feel that we are all there every step with him.”
Weso came back ahead of schedule from his last injury but in a recent interview with ShrewsWeb he said that he felt he hadn't been rushed back. It will be the same again this time around with Weso getting all the support needed;”The specialist is miffed and disappointed for Weso as with something like this there are no tell tale signs.
“We measured his return as steadily as we could and we can only put this down to real bad fortune.”
The specialist has booked Weso in for an operation next week and after that the rehabilitation begins again;”He's got an operation in a weeks time, it was a quickly as we could get him in, then we will get back to work and get him back as quickly and as steadily as we can.”
With Weso now missing from the squad it means that Town have lost the services of three central midfield players over the last week. Micky will be weighing up his options as to whether he needs to bring in any new faces;”Losing Weso is a huge blow to us as a team, and as group to not have someone like that available to us.
“First and foremost our thoughts are with Weso but everyone will know what a huge blow it is to us.
“We've lost Martin Woods back to Ross County, little Woodsy to Brentford and now Weso with another ACL.
“We are a wee bit down to the bare bones at the moment but we have some things going on behind the scenes where we can manoeuvre some things around to get some bodies back into the group.”