From the Treatment Room

Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his latest update – in association with Spire Roding Hospital
Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke issues his latest update – in association with Spire Roding Hospital...
Hello everybody,

We have had a lot of games in recent weeks and we have a lot more games to play over the course of the final two months of the season.

After the international break, of the final six weeks, at least four of them will see us play midweek matches, so it’s important we have as many players available as possible.

Although injuries can happen during every training session or game, I am pleased to report that we have only two first-team players injured at present.

James Tomkins (calf) and James Collins (hamstring) are injured, but both are in the final stages of their rehab. James Tomkins is almost finished and will re-join training later this week, while Ginge will return to training during the international break.

Winston Reid came off during Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Manchester United. He had only trained for two days with the squad and, following discussions between the manager, the medical staff and the player himself, we took the calculated risk of playing him at Old Trafford.

He played and came off as a precaution following some good communication between the staff and Winston and he has trained this week and will be available to face Chelsea on Saturday.

After Chelsea we have an international break and it is a positive result of the team doing well that many of our players are on provisional squad lists for their countries.

We do not have the confirmed call-ups yet for all of them, because every country works differently, and of course we are waiting to hear if the likes of Mark Noble and Dimitri Payet will be called.

Looking down our squad list, Enner Valencia, Cheikhou Kouyate, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Winston Reid and Darren Randolph are all regulars for their countries.

Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho, Sam Byram, Reece Oxford, Doneil Henry and Stephen Hendrie could also be called-up. James Collins would normally be with Wales, too, but he will miss out this time.

For those who do not go on international duty, we will start by giving them a few days to rest and recover after a period with a lot of tough games.

After that, it will be a good moment to train hard again and we will approach Mark Noble’s Testimonial as we would any other game, professionally.

Obviously the game itself will be less intense than a Premier League match, and will be more about entertainment than physical performance, but we still need to prepare properly.

We then have a busy week with three home games potentially, with Crystal Palace, the Manchester United replay if they do not progress in the Europa League, and then Arsenal.

Stijn Vandenbroucke
Head of Medical and Sports Science