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15 August 2016

Donervon Daniels to undergo knee operation.

  • An update on the injuries of Donervon Daniels, Reece James, Andy Kellett and Kyle Knoyle.
  • Donervon Daniels set for surgery to ‘clean up’ knee complaint.
  • James, Kellett and Knoyle making progress in recoveries.
Speaking ahead of Latics’ home clash with Birmingham City on Tuesday 16 August, manager Gary Caldwell took time out of his preparations to give an update on injuries within the squad, revealing the news that defender Donervon Daniels requires surgery on his knee, as well as progress reports on Reece James, Andy Kellett and Kyle Knoyle.

Caldwell began:

“Donervon is having surgery to clean up his knee and he’ll be unavailable for a number of weeks.

“It’s something we’ve been putting off after it started troubling him throughout pre-season, but it’s completely the right decision for him to undergo the operation.

“It’s a big blow for us, but we’ve got to look after our players and we’ll make sure he comes back 100%.”

Caldwell continued saying, James, another player to have surgery recently, is making steady progress after his ankle surgery last week.

“Reece is still at home at the moment, making sure he keeps his ankle raised as per the doctor’s instructions.  He's been doing small exercises and the physios have been going to see him.

“He needs rest on it at the moment, and then he’ll progress to a level when we can start his rehabilitation process here.”

On Andy Kellett (knee) and Kyle Knoyle (elbow), Caldwell said the further progress has been promising.

“Andy’s knee brace is coming off soon so he’ll be able to start working more in the gym and stepping up to the pitches in the coming weeks, and Kyle is coming out of his sling so he'll be progressing from the gym to outside soon.

“Once his sling comes off he'll be able to start running again.”

On the rest of his squad, Caldwell said he's got no new complaints following Latics' 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, and has been impressed by new addition Shaun MacDonald to the group:

“Shaun trained yesterday and looked sharp.  He's getting to know the lads and he's pushing to get in the squad for Tuesday.

“Everyone else is fine, we came in yesterday to assess everyone and the boys who didn't play all trained to a very high standard.

“It was good to see the squad players come in and have that hunger to train, progress and try to get in the team.”

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