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Pre-Port Vale Injury Update

1 April 2016

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Ahead of tomorrow's Port Vale Proact clash, Rodger Wylde, the club's head of sports science and medicine assesses the walking wounded in the Spireites squad.

With back-to-back games over Easter the squad has largely come through unscathed, though Declan John - a man who was away on international duty with Wales under 21s - has yet to return to the Proact.

"Declan picked up a hamstring complaint away with the Wales team," explained Wylde. "After the match last week he returned to Cardiff City and they've assessing the severity of the injury and will report their findings back to us."

Looking at two players in boots not of the footballing kind, Wylde gave the latest on defensive pair Dan Jones and Ian Evatt as they recover from respective ankle and Achilles problems.

Wylde said: "Dan's had a screw taken out of his foot and will remain in his cast for another three weeks while he recovers. So far, the injury's doing well and we're pleased with Dan's progress.

"With Ian Evatt it's a similar story, Evo's been in is special boot for two weeks already and has four more weeks in it now. We're monitoring the situation closely and if Evo gets the all-clear he will be in-line to start with the next stage of his rehab work."

On to two of the longer term casualties and Wylde reports that there continues to be good progress for Angel Martinez and Jake Beesley.

"Mal Purchase and I have really enjoyed seeing Angel's recuperation and he's making exactly the strides we think he should be making at this stage," said the physio. "Mal's got Angel running, turning and twisting and he's done really well with everything that's been thrown at him.

"You're always reluctant to put time frames on a recovery like Angel's, but the hope now is that he can get the all-clear and then some match time in a reserve or friendly match before the end of the season, which would give him not just a physical but also a huge psychological boost ahead of the new season."

"Finally, with Jake it's been a tough year with a lot of niggling injuries, but at the moment we're hoping that he's only about a week away from full running, after that it's onto training and hopefully back into the first team squad."


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