Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his weekly update – in association with Spire Roding Hospital
We had a very positive week last week, with three Barclays Premier League victories in the space of eight days, including our home win over Tottenham Hotspur and the fantastic comeback at Everton.
Unfortunately, James Collins suffered a hamstring injury in the Spurs game. This was the first injury he has suffered this season and we hope to recover him after the international break.
Enner Valencia, Victor Moses and Joey O’Brien all re-joined training earlier this week after recovering from a right high ankle sprain, a quadriceps injury and hamstring problem respectively.
Winston Reid is going to join training on Friday. Winston is in the last stages of his hamstring rehab and needs a good training block with the team.
James Tomkins is in the final stage of his rehabilitation after recovering from the calf injury he suffered at Southampton on 6 February, and he will start training again next week.
We were delighted to see Diafra Sakho come through his return to the team successfully, with a goal and an assist at Everton on Saturday.
Diafra worked extremely hard to recover from his quadriceps injury and showed great professionalism in his approach to what was a very complex rehab.
We naturally hope he will continue to enjoy this form and fitness until the end of the season and beyond.
Finally, I want to say some words about Carl Jenkinson. He is rehabbing with Arsenal following the knee injury he suffered in the match with Manchester City in January, and has recently moved onto the next stage of his treatment.
Carl has a long road ahead of him and we wish him well as he continues with his recovery.
Head of Medical and Sports Science