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News From the Treatment Table

23 April 2015

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With eyes and minds starting to focus on the post-season, head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde feeds back on who is in his treatment room.

Central defender Sam Hird was a late absentee from last weekend's matchday squad at Oldham Athletic with a slight thigh strain, and Wylde talked through the circumstances behind Hird's removal from the squad.

He said: "After training on Friday, Sam came to see me as he had a slight feeling in his thigh - the muscle that plays a major part in kicking and sprinting.

"I assessed him and reproduced his pain on tests. I wasn't particularly happy with it, even though he got very good results on strength. It was very minor, so we said we'd see what it was like before the game the next day. He came in early and he was assessed again - it was much better, but still not 100%. 

"At the same time Drew Talbot was in the treatment room and after 20 minutes of the Colchester game his hamstring had been tight and I'd told him to come off and I'd look after him. He said he'd be okay and decided to play on, and in those situations you don't have time to assess players properly. Ten minutes later he pulled up and made the injury worse.

"On Saturday morning, Sam wanted to play but I said we'd be better off leaving him out. I could have done a fitness test with him and I know he would have passed but what you can't do in a fitness test is replicate the situation 60 minutes into a game. He could have come off later in the Oldham game and missed the rest of the season, which might of course include big play-off games.

"I gave that scenario to Sam and he decided he was happy to pull out and the gaffer agreed, Charlie [Raglan] played and now Sam is fit. He was in on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, we've worked on his injury and now he's ready to go on Saturday."

With Hird now recovered it leaves just Drew Talbot and Aaron Chapman on the injured list, and Wylde explained that Talbot is making a steady recovery from his hamstring injury.

"At the moment we just have Drew coming in" said Wylde. "He's coming along really well. He's actually starting running now, and that's just eight or nine days after the injury, so he's doing well with his recovery."

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