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Dozzell Takes First Steps on Long Road to Recovery
Tuesday, 5th Sep 2017 17:26

Blues midfielder Andre Dozzell has made the first steps on the long road to recovery from the torn cruciate knee ligament which ended his season on the opening day against Birmingham.

The club tweeted the 18-year-old, who suffered his injury when he landed awkwardly just before half-time in the 1-0 victory over the Midlanders, back in the gym on an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill.

England U19 international Dozzell, who underwent surgery three weeks ago, is expected to be out of action for nine months.

Meanwhile, midfielder Emyr Huws has not yet undergone surgery having seen a specialist regarding his achilles problem last Tuesday.

Town boss Mick McCarthy, who said prior to that appointment that he expected the Wales international to require an operation, is likely to confirm whether the 23-year will go under the knife at his press conference on Thursday, which will be covered live by TWTV.

McCarthy will also now have a better idea how long skipper Luke Chambers might be out of action, the central defender having suffered a partial tear to two ligaments and a small fracture to his ankle in the Millwall match.

Chambers, who was initially expected to be out for around a month, was also set to see a specialist last week. Saturday’s game against QPR is almost certain to come too soon for the 31-year-old.

Midfielder Luke Hyam could return to the first-team squad for the first time this season after playing three U23s matches having recovered from his knee injury.

Summer signing Tom Adeyemi is also expected to be in the squad for the first time since joining Town having played two U23s matches during the international break. The 25-year-old was first sidelined by illness and then by a calf injury.

Bersant Celina and Danny Rowe also got U23s minutes under their belts during pre-season, also having been unwell during the first month of the season, the Kosovo international netting a brilliant freekick during Saturday's 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

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Dissboyitfc added 17:39 - Sep 5
Get well soon Andre.

jas0999 added 17:47 - Sep 5
Wishing Andre all the very best.

Let's hope Chambers isn't out for any longer, otherwise the failure to sign a CB looks even more baffling and incompetent. Round pegs in round holes, not making do with players who 'can' play there. Chambers can play at right back - doesn't mean he should!

Bluebell added 18:09 - Sep 5
Great news about Andre. We know it will be a long healing process but to see him starting at the gym already is great news.

Hopefully he will return earlier than expected and we will see him before the end of the season.


therein61 added 18:18 - Sep 5
As A young man you must be very frustrated at the long recovery ahead, but be sensible(listen to your Dad and of course our excellent medics)) and don't rush back before you are ready you have a long career in front of you!!

therein61 added 18:21 - Sep 5
Please get some midfielders fit and get Skuse out who was the weakest link v Fulham

Mark added 18:34 - Sep 5
My best wishes to Andre and all the injured players.

It is worrying to be so dependent on Chambers' return, and it is important we do not rush him back if he is not ready. We really should have signed another centre back last month after the injuries to Smith and Webster, or probably earlier when we let Berra, Digby and Taylor go. As things stand, are we looking at any free agents? What on earth will we do if Knudsen gets injured or suspended?

coolcat added 18:51 - Sep 5
Great to see Andre start the recovery work. Shame about Chambers being out. Must admit thought a month was a bit optimistic with that sort of injury. Would have thought @ 6 weeks. At least he is very rarely injured. Wish them all a speedy recovery.

12th_Man added 19:32 - Sep 5
Brace yourself's for Huws out for season

Trojan added 20:02 - Sep 5
Great to see that Dozza is on the long recovery road and he will come back a stronger and wiser professional. As for the other injured key players it is a real worry as I really believe a fully fit squad of the players we have can compete and have a chance of play offs.

Swn98 added 20:58 - Sep 5
Oh dear is this going to be a re run of last season where our hopes evaporated as the injuries piled up i hope not.

Ryorry added 21:37 - Sep 5
Get well soon Andre - and all our other injured players too!

Tessah added 21:56 - Sep 5
Great to see you making progress Andre .God bless you.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 05:17 - Sep 6
Good luck, Andre. Something positve now to concentrate on - your recovery.

Sam added 05:55 - Sep 6
Hope it goes well Andre. Also, Chambers could hopefully play the Bolton game, if he is allowed to play, he'll play.

Currie10 added 07:32 - Sep 6
Utterly amazed Andre is already back in the gym, three weeks on from such a serious injury. I thought at max he'd be in the pool for a good while. Maybe ahead of schedule.

Hope he hasn't played his final game for us!

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