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Lankester Undergoes Back Surgery
Tuesday, 13th Aug 2019 10:03

Forward Jack Lankester says yesterday’s operation on his back was a success and that he is now focusing on the road to recovery.

The 19-year-old sustained a second stress fracture in his back during pre-season, a similar injury having curtailed his 2018/19 breakthrough campaign.

Bury St Edmunds-born Lankester faces around five months of rehabilitation at which point a scan should give a clearer indication of how long it might be before he is able to return to action.

Lankester was a guest on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Life’s a Pitch on Saturday when he spoke about the upcoming op (54 mins, 28 secs).

“On Monday I’ll be going in for surgery and for four to five months after that I’ll have another scan and we’ll see what the outcome is after that,” he said.

“We’ve got a great physio team here and medical staff and I’m seeing the best specialists in London so that’s all I can ask for to get this sorted.”

The academy product says he hopes the surgery will get the problem sorted once and for all.

“Definitely it’s frustrating,” he admitted. “When it first happened last season I was just getting in the team.

“But obviously these things happen and you’re never going to go through a career without injury, so to have it now and get it sorted now, hopefully, it’ll leave me to it for the rest of my career.”

Also on Saturday’s Life’s a Pitch was Blues legend Eric Gates, who you can hear from 1hr 11mins.

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Moriarty added 10:13 - Aug 13
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Suffolkboy added 10:33 - Aug 13
Certain every true Blue will be wishing you well and great progress .

brassy added 11:12 - Aug 13
Speedy recovery young man

ArnieM added 12:04 - Aug 13
The question is ,

Why is a youngster like him getting stress fractures? Very concerning going forward. For the first time now I’ve serious doubts that he will make the grade in the professional game due to this type of serious injury in one so young.

Get better soon 👍

Lightningboy added 12:47 - Aug 13
Such a shame - this would've been an ideal season for him to kick on and get tonnes of experience.

Just hope he’s not going to turn out to be another Bishop.

ringwoodblue added 13:58 - Aug 13
Get well soon Jack. Hope that you will come back stronger and play your part in our promotion push in the latter part of the season. It does worry me about the number of serious injuries our academy lads have had. I don’t follow other clubs so I don’t know if this happens elsewhere to the same extent as it has to us.

arc added 14:04 - Aug 13
If I were Marcus Evans, I would pay for an external review of Town's medical staff, top to bottom. Something is wrong somewhere—a lot of injuries may be bad luck, but the number of times things linger, with initial diagnoses changed, etc., is extremely troubling.

Get well soon, Jack.

ArnieM added 14:47 - Aug 13
Medical staff per sa, do not “get players injured”.

However, The training methodology, ( type, frequency, duration, resistance etc) or training equipment, ( synthetic training surfaces, etc), CAN cause player injuries.....as too, can recruitment policy, ( previous, or current injury / sickness record of targeted player.....eg Millwall striker, Huws, McGoldrick, Chopra, Jonniesta, Collins, ......and so the list goes on!

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