Newport County: Mixed news for Justin Edinburgh on injuries
A TRIO of players will all give manager Justin Edinburgh a boost in a week where the boss received more bad news on the injury front.
The Argus can reveal that of Newport’s walking wounded, defender Yakubu is ready to return and is fit for selection for tomorrow’s League Two trip to Rochdale (kick-off 3pm).
And striker Christian Jolley and midfielder Ryan Burge are also scheduled to return to training next week, helping the Exiles deal with their current injury crisis.
But it’s bad news again on star striker Aaron O’Connor, who is scheduled to see another specialist next week.
And midfielder Max Porter, who like O’Connor is dealing with a long-standing groin problem, has been forced to go as far afield as St George’s Park as he works on his rehabilitation.
Defender Byron Anthony continues to make progress from his broken leg and could be back early in the new year, the same synopsis as for Andy Sandell who is still in plaster following a foot operation.
Edinburgh is so frustrated by the problems his long-term injured are having he’s no longer willing to put a timeframe on their returns.
“Ismail Yakubu has given us that very rare thing for this club, a piece of good news on the injury front,” Edinburgh told the Argus.
“We look like we’ve had a bit of luck, it’s not a strain, it’s stemmed from his back and he trained yesterday so should be able to take part tomorrow.
“We’ve been extremely unlucky with the amount of injuries we’ve had, it’s a fantastic achievement for us to be where we are – with good cup runs as well – with this many out injured. The players have been stretched to the limit. Only once this season have I had a full quota of substitutes.”
However, while Edinburgh has three on the mend, he admitted things aren’t looking so good elsewhere, particularly regarding O’Connor.
“It’s a complex injury and with the new physio coming in, all the injuries have been re-evaluated,” he said.
“We are taking Aaron to a specialist on Tuesday, just for his peace of mind as much as anything. We thought we were progressing, but the player needs a second opinion to try and clear one or two matters up.
“Max (Porter) has been at George’s Park, working on his rehab and he’s been very positive about it, which is good to hear, you heal quicker if you’ve got a positive mindset.
“Ryan (Burge) and Christian (Jolley) has been a lot more positive, they are hopefully going to be involved next weekend against York, barring any hiccups.
“Things are progressing, just not in all cases as fast as we’d hoped.”
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