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Double defensive boost for the all-important run-in

Paul Kalambayi and Dan Csoka ready to offer extra defensive options

23 March 2021

Paul Kalambayi today stepped up his recovery from injury and he is edging closer to a first-team return.

The centre-back was injured shortly after his second-half introduction in the match at Crewe at the end of January, but physio Tim Maynard has provided a positive update on Paul, who was put through his paces by Sports Scientist Chris McConnell at the training ground today.

"Paul should return to modified training on Thursday," said Tim. "He has worked tirelessly to get back, and very diligently on his rehab, which was great to see. Paul damaged a ligament in his ankle, so he needed to have that reconstructed with surgery. It has only been seven weeks since he had surgery, so it is a really good turnaround in terms of rehabilitation from injury."

Dan Csoka's injury is not as bad as first feared, offering a further defensive boost after the injury to Darnell Johnson. The Hungarian defender was going to be on the substitutes' bench for the match versus Charlton Athletic, before suffering an injury in training.

"It is really positive with Dan," added Tim. "We scanned him on Monday after he took a really heavy knock in training. His foot was very swollen and painful, and we just needed to get a couple of things checked. The plan is to have him back training on Thursday, which will be great."

However, Tim said that it was not good news on Huseyin Biler after the young full-back got injured in training on Saturday morning.

"Huseyin sustained an MCL injury to his left knee," said Tim. "The ligament damaged is on the inside of his knee, so he was due to undergo some investigations today and then we will know more in terms of how long that will be for him."

All at AFC Wimbledon wish Huseyin well in his recuperation.

In his update from the training ground, Tim also provided updates on Callum Reilly and Darnell Johnson, and he talked about the unique challenges presented by this season since he was appointed as our Physiotherapist.

Click on the link below to watch Tim's video interview.


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