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Liam O'Neil's Recovery Progress

5 July 2016

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While his team-mates old and new go through the rigours of pre-season training, Liam O'Neil is left to frustratedly work his way back from his injury.

The 22-year-old picked up his ankle complaint ahead of the game with Port Vale in early April, and with the injury revealed as being worse than initially feared, the right-back hasn't played again since.

Rodger Wylde, head of sports science and medicine with the Spireites, gave details on the progress of O'Neil's injury, which has required specialist consultation and subsequently an operation.

 "The injury is to Liam's left ankle," he said. "It seemed a fairly innocuous problem initially which we had a scan on. However, the scan showed us that he had a ruptured ligament in his ankle.

"We saw a specialist in London, reputedly the best ankle specialist in the country and he wanted us to treat it conservatively, meaning exercise, treatment and then reassessing it again after four weeks.

"We did that and it turned out the ankle was stable enough, meaning the ankle ligament needed to be reconstructed, which has now been down. We're now five weeks down the road after the operation and Liam has started early strength, movement and balance work."

With August now not far away, Wylde is optimistic that O'Neil will soon be able to take the next step in his recuperation: "We should get the go-ahead in a couple of weeks to start doing some further advanced training work and then we'll progress on from there."

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