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Pre-Millwall Injury Update

21 January 2016

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Ahead of this weekend's Millwall match-up head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde assessed the treatment room to give information on the players he's working with.

Central defender Ian Evatt has been missing since the Coventry City game after he picked up an Achilles injury, with Wylde explaining that the stalwart is on the road to recovery.

"Ian had an MRI scan that didn't pick up anything besides some wear and tear," said Wylde. "He then had high-definition ultrasound scan which picked up a longitudinal tear down the middle of the tendon.

"Players his age who have played in a lot of games get a thickening of the tendon, and as it's the leg he jumps from its one that is likely to cause problems.

"We're aiming for him to be fit two weeks on Saturday when we play Peterborough United."

Wylde confirmed that Drew Talbot, Ollie Banks and Chris Herd all came through the match at Wigan Athletic with nothing more than knocks, with the squad all ready to go for the visit of Millwall on Saturday.

There was less good news for rookie Jake Beesley, who suffered a foot injury while playing for Mark Smith's youth team this week.

Wylde explained: "Jake was playing for the youth team on Tuesday at Everton and fractured his fifth metatarsal, and now he's set for an operation next week.

"He's had two nasty injuries this year, he's not had much luck. An injury like this one is normally going to keep a player out for eight weeks post-op."

In longer-term injury news left-back Dan Jones is making steady progress as he plots his return to the starting 11.
Wylde reported: "Dan's coming along and he got the all-clear from the specialist this week to start with weight-bearing training again.

"That will build over the next two weeks until he's running and after that it's likely to be another two weeks until he's ready to play again."

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