Shrewsbury Town physio Chris Skitt is pleased with how Town’s injured players are recovering from injuries.
Joe Riley recently returned to full training after nearly four months out with an ankle injury, whilst Bryn Morris is starting his recovery after knee surgery.
“I’m really pleased for Joe”, Chris told ShrewsWeb.
“He’s been a credit to himself once again and he’s worked extremely hard. He’s a consummate professional who’s forever wanting to do more.
“Sometimes that’s the issue with him because you have to reign him in at times, but credit to him, he’s bounced back, mentally he’s been really strong with it and he’s looking really good in training.”
Joe has admitted himself that he isn’t yet at full fitness and Chris is now looking to build up the tolerance over the next couple of weeks.
“Building the tolerance for training is the first thing for Joe”, Skitt said.
“Now that we’ve got him mechanically sound and the injury itself has heeled and it back to normal, it’s a matter of building his football, but also building up a tolerance to the bone.
“Then it’s purely about building his fitness. Looking at when he, the gaffer and I feel that he is ready to get back involved.
“It’s about getting back to his previous numbers and making sure that he’s ready and we aren’t pushing him back any earlier than he needs to be.”
Meanwhile, Bryn Morris is on the road to recovery from his knee injury. Bryn underwent routine surgery on his knee and Skitt is pleased with the results so far.
“Bryn’s doing alright”, Chris admitted.
“He was a bit unfortunate that in a tackle in one of the games he got a twist on the leg with a bit of weight on it and he caught a bit of cartilage.
“He had corrective surgery for that and hopefully he will start to progress quite quickly and we will start to get him back out on the pitch as quickly as we can really.”
Chris is wary of pushing Bryn too quickly, but he will work closely with Bryn to try and get him back sooner rather than later.
“I don’t like putting timescales on things”, said Skitt.
“I think sometimes timescales can restrict you. The textbook answer would be four to six weeks or six to eight weeks, but we need to make sure that Bryn is ready to be pushed onto the next stage.
“Post-operation there’s a lot of swelling and inflammation involved, so over the last week we’ve been trying to get the inflammation out.
“We’ve been using machines to stimulate the muscle back into action, which will in turn get the fluid out of the knee.
“He’s been on the bike already and we will just be looking to build-up his tolerance and muscle bulk back up again.”