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Lambert: We Need a Few Out of the Treatment Room
Thursday, 25th Jul 2019 17:41

Blues boss Paul Lambert admitted he needs a few players to return from the treatment room with Tristan Nydam having been added to an already lengthy injury list after suffering a broken ankle and damaged ligaments at Notts County on Tuesday evening.

The 19-year-old, who has been playing at left-back during pre-season, is set to undergo surgery and is expected to be out for around six months.

“Horrific, I was standing right next to it when it happened,” Lambert recalled. “It wasn’t nice viewing as I said after the game but hopefully we’ll have him back before the end of the season.

“He was doing well for us as well, that was the galling thing. It was just an accident, there was no malice in the tackle, it was just a tackle, it was never over the top or anything untoward, it just happens and unfortunately it’s given him a bad one.”

The Blues had already lost Teddy Bishop (knee, three months) and Toto Nsiala (hamstring, six weeks) during pre-season, while Gwion Edwards (groin), Jon Nolan (calf), Freddie Sears, Ben Morris (both ACL) and Ben Folami (achilles) are still injured from last season. Alan Judge is training but has yet to feature in a friendly having broken his wrist while away with Ireland last month.

“I can put up with contact injuries, Bish’s one is a contact injury, football injury, football movement, it’s not a muscle injury,” Lambert added.

“Toto’s is the one that’s frustrating because it’s a muscle injury. Tristan and Bish, they’re the ones you can’t do anything about, they happen.

“I just saw the Liverpool lad [Nathaniel Clyne] who has just done his ACL in pre-season. These sorts of thing happen, you just have to take it.”

Better news is that Edwards and Nolan are closing on on their returns: “This weekend is maybe too early, we’ll see how they are next week. They’re doing well, they’ve hardly done anything but they’re just coming back. We need to get a few out of the treatment room, that’s for sure.”

Lambert says the duo will have to get to fitness through playing matches rather than undergoing their own mini-pre-season: “Just on games. They’re training, they’re doing work with the physios and the rehab guys, it’s just getting them back out with us. We’ll have to get them back out with us.

“We’ll have wait and see how they are, they’re two naturally fit guys anyway, which is a bonus, so we’ll see how they go.”

He says he's not yet sure whether Judge - assuming he hasn't been sold to QPR by that point - will be ready for the opening day game at Burton Albion.

“I don’t know, I really don’t," the Blues manager added. "Obviously he’s training with us, he’s not done anything games-wise. I’ll see how this coming weekend is and then I’ll decide from there.”

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midastouch added 18:29 - Jul 25
Even Florence Nightingale would have her work cut out with some of our players!

Suffolkboy added 18:42 - Jul 25
Nor sure she’d know enough !

57blue added 19:11 - Jul 25
If I was running a business where a third of my employees were continuously unavailable for work I would be asking some very serious questions, and requiring some answers, of those persons responsible for their well being. This situation has gone on for far too long.

Terry_Nutkins added 19:39 - Jul 25
57blue, who is responsible for 85% of them being contact injuries? Would you be telling them not to go in for tackles etc? Unfortunately you can't apply office H&S to professional sport. most clubs have bad spells. If these were all hammies and calf strains etc there would be an issue to resolve. As it is wehave just been really really unlucky and it's worse at this level with smaller squad etc.

scottrock added 20:32 - Jul 25
Midas Touch, she wouldn't treat some of our players because she was racist!

midastouch added 21:49 - Jul 25
@ scottrock, if you want to talk politics head over to the TWTD forum, it's 24/7 on there!
Studied history at University and found it about as useful as Ipswich in injury time! ;-)

Kesblue66 added 22:26 - Jul 25
Why so many injuries nowadays?I remember in Ramseys and Robsons days the teams hardly ever changed due injuries.They played as many matches then,and the tackling was if anything harder,with people like Hunter,Harris,Smith around.Could it be the modern day training methods?

JewellintheTown added 22:46 - Jul 25
Kesblue66, it's fags, booze, women, late night and bacon butties that kept them all going. Plus they'd get a slap & be told to walk it off.
Gone soft nowadays. Bring back heavy boots & medicine balls for footballs and dock a weeks wages for every match they miss & they'll soon be back on their feet.

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