Quaner and Edwards Back in Squad, Collins Still Out and Chambers to Be Assessed
Tuesday, 12th Feb 2019 15:18
Striker Collin Quaner and winger Gwion Edwards are expected to be back in the squad for Wednesday’s home game against Derby County but James Collins remains unavailable, Freddie Sears has joined the long-term injured and skipper Luke Chambers will be assessed before a decision is made on whether he’ll be involved.
On-loan Huddersfield frontman Quaner watched the Norwich match from the stands due to a hamstring injury but manager Paul Lambert expects the German to be in the squad against the Rams.
“Hopefully he’s going to be OK, he trained this morning,” he said. “Hopefully there’s no reaction to it and if there’s no reaction to it he’ll be in the squad.
Regarding centre-half Collins, who has also had a hamstring problem, Lambert added: “James is still feeling it a little bit, but it’s getting better. Maybe this one’s just a little bit early for him.
“We need to see how Luke Chambers is. We’ll have to wait and see, there are one or two little bumps and bruises and we’ll have to wait and see.
“If he can do it, I’m pretty sure Luke would do it. He felt good on Saturday, we waited until Sunday, he felt good and then a little bit towards the end of the game the foot started to feel painful again so we’ll have to wait to make a call right at the death whether he plays or not.”
Gwion Edwards has been out for a few weeks with a groin injury which required an injection but is now back in training.
“He’s been injured with a really frustrating groin problem and he trained this morning for the first time in a few weeks,” the Blues boss continued.
“Gwion will be in the squad but it’s still a bit early for him because he only trained this morning.”
Yesterday brought the news that Sears will be out for between nine and 12 months with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, joining plenty of others who are out until next season.
“I’ve never been at a club where I’ve seen so many [long-term injuries],” Lambert reflected.
“I think that’s Freddie, ACL, Wardy, ACL, Ben Morris, ACL. Huwsy’s been out for over a year [also knee], Tom Adeyemi [achilles] for over a year.
“Ben Folami, his achilles is going to keep him out for seven or eight months, it’s incredible, it really is.
“I don’t know why it’s like that, but it’s a blow for Freddie, first and foremost and for the the football club it’s a huge, huge blow.
“It is [a chance for somebody else to step forward], but I can’t get away from it, for the lads who have got the long-term injuries it must be horrific for them.
“And Freddie, when I spoke to him yesterday, I would have expected that [reaction], to be fair. I never expected to come in yesterday morning and be told that he’s hurt his ACL. It’s a blow that.”
Lambert added: “He tried to run it off, we weren’t quite sure how bad it was, I don’t think Freddie did.
"Even yesterday I don’t think he did until the results came back from the scan. That was the big thing for me, I never expected that to happen to him.
“It’s an absolute blow, for him and the club. But nowadays ACLs, they’re not as bad as they used to be.
“There’s no other way to look at it, it’s going to be a blow for him and it’s going to be a long rehab.
“He’s been excellent, Freddie, he really has. The [six] goals he’s scored, his performances have been really high and it’s just a blow to lose him.”
Might he look at the free agent market to boost his striking options? “If somebody’s a free agent now there’s something wrong. I don’t know, I really don’t know. I’ll go with the lads I’ve got at the minute but you can never say never or know what’s round the corner.”
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