Injuries Latest

Physio John Green is pleased to report that the situation regarding injuries is improving.

"The positive news is that Steve Lomas came through a reserve game yesterday, played 90 minutes, and there was no adverse reaction today," he says.

"Rob Lee played 65 minutes and there was no adverse reaction from him either.

"Rufus Brevett came out of plaster on Tuesday and has now started his rehab; in four weeks time he should be able to start running so we should be seeing him back in full time training by the end of March, hopefully.

"It has been a horrendous time; he had eight weeks in plaster originally and it all looked very good when he came out of plaster and things seemed to be healing.

"But, five weeks into his rehab, one of the organised scans we do on these things revealed that the healing hadn't seemed to continue.

"We then sought the advice of a foot and ankle specialist who suggested there was a possibility that the bone could start to die if it didn't heal and that would have given Rufus real problems with his foot in later life.

"So the decision, hard as it was, was taken to repair it with a screw and unfortunately that meant another eight weeks in plaster which has just finished.

"The operation with the screw was done on December 9th, the foot is very, very stiff, and he will be going to the rehabilitation centre near Manchester called total fitness to do some hydrotherapy work next week.

"Don Hutchison is moving along well following the arthroscopy on his knee for a cartilage problem, so it is one of those weeks where things are more positive at the end than they were perhaps at the start.

"Wayne Quinn picked up a slight thigh strain yesterday and won't travel to the game this weekend."

As for the general injury prevention work, he adds:

"We have some new input and we generally have two sessions on a Tuesday with afternoon sessions of weigh lifting, boxing type training, and stability work that the players have really responded to."

Meanwhile Alan Pardew has reiterated that if difficult decisions hadn't been made West Ham would be in a precarious position.

"In all honesty if Abramovich hadn't gone into Chelsea you would have had to seriously worry about the future of West Ham," he says, "because a lot of those deals kept us from a Leeds United situation.

"Any club which produces great players and loses them is going to be disappointed but there's been no malicious agenda - it was a case of need.

"And, while Chelsea's money kept us going, our money has kept Wimbledon going - you could say it's sliding down the scale.

"One of the big, big problems of the last six years was that money on players went abroad to other clubs, never to be seen again - but the Abramovich money has come to us.

"It's been fantastic; we certainly spent it in the British market and it filters down.

"People have taken advantage of the situation at Wimbledon just as people did with us and I feel for their manager Stuart Murdoch.

"I can't even bring myself to ring him but he did say he backs me to get promoted because I've got his midfield!

"The criticism of us losing Premiership players and gaining first division ones is I'm afraid a part of where we are - but I've tried to buy players who could turn into Premiership players and I've gone for a fresh feel to it."