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From the Physio Room: An update on Anthony

Comprehensive round-up from Stuart Douglas on the first-team squad

4 December 2019

Physio Stuart Douglas delivered an encouraging update on the fitness of midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, who could return sooner rather than later.

“He won’t be out long-term and we’re hoping to have him back with the boys soon,” said Stuart in his update from the treatment room at our New Malden training base.

“We were hoping we could get him back out training with the first-team, but we’ll see how he reacts over the next couple of days.

“He’s got a calf problem, which we believe is coming from his back and its more neurogenic. His sciatic nerve is causing pain in his calf. He’s having acupuncture to just try and offload that. You trigger-point and it’s a good modality to use.”

Stuart is also hopeful that centre-back Will Nightingale may return for Wimbledon at the end of February or the beginning of March, if all goes well in his recovery from recent hip surgery.

“The operation was a success,” said Stuart. “We have the follow-up appointment with the surgeon just to make sure everything is as it should be. It’s tough, but we just have to make sure we get him fit and hopefully that will be the end of his issues.

“He had an operation to correct an ill-fitting hip joint. It’s called a ‘cam’ and basically the head of the femur doesn’t fit in correctly, so he had his femur trimmed via keyhole surgery which is a big procedure.”

Stuart also explained that both defender Reuben Collins and forward Michael Folivi are recovering from their injuries.

Folivi is closer to a return than Collins, having returned to his parent-club Watford for gym-based rehabilitation. Collins has started a course of aqua physio work at a swimming pool and it is hoped he may return to some pitch-based work next week.

You can see a comprehensive update from our first team physiotherapist Stuart Douglas at the training ground below, including more on the news about striker Kwesi Appiah, via the link to our official YouTube channel.


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