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Hewitt Happy with Progress

15 May 2013

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Chesterfield physio, Jamie Hewitt believes all injured Spireites are making good progress in their rehabilitation.

Tommy Lee, Nathan Smith and Richard Brindley all missed out on the final home game of the season against Exeter City through injury. 

Lee landed awkwardly on his ankle in training following his fine performance against Fleetwood Town on Saturday, April 20. The Spireites goalkeeper was initially struggling with the knock. Speaking about his progress, Hewitt said: “I spoke to him at the start of this week, I don’t think it was progressing as quickly as he’d like or I’d like really."

However, as the week has progressed, Lee has made significant developments. “We’ve had a consultation today with a specialist over his ankle and the news was quite good, it seems like everything’s okay.” said the Chesterfield physio. Hewitt also added: “Tommy Lee should be fit for pre-season time.” 

Smith missed out on the remainder of the season after receiving a fracture to his ankle in a 1-0 victory over Oxford United. The Spireites left-back has since been making strong progress and should be fit for pre-season.

Hewitt said: “Just after the end of the season, April 30, he had the pot removed which had been on for six weeks due to the fracture.

“He’s moving now, walking okay without the aid of crutches. Using the pool, doing quite a lot of pool work.” 

Brindley was substituted just 34 minutes into the Fleetwood Game after the full-back was struggling with mobility. The defender has since had a hernia operation and is on his way to making a full recovery.

The Spireites physio believes the timing of Brindley's injury will allow more of an opportunity to recover. “He’s got a bit more time than people if they have a hernia in the season; we have to get those back a little bit quicker so we’ve got time to build him up," said Hewitt.

“Hopefully he’ll be discharged on Thursday [May 16] everything’s looking good at the minute so he’ll be free to do his own thing for a few weeks before pre-season," Hewitt added.

The rest of the squad remain injury free and are enjoying their summer break before pre-season work starts in a few weeks. “They recharge their batteries and come back ready to go for a tough ten months and hopefully a successful ten months for us as well," concluded Hewitt.


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