INJURY UPDATE: Latest on absent quartet

Club Physiotherapist Nat Gutteridge offers an update on Durham Women’s current injury list – and when we could see some of our first-team players return.

Here’s the latest on our injury list:

SARAH WILSON

NG: “Wills had a fracture to her 5th metatarsal last season and progressed well with her rehab, but unfortunately saw a further incident aggravate the same area during our game against Crystal Palace.

“A CT scan confirmed that the bone is healing as expected but we just need to try and manage the pain as it’s quite a sore one.

“She’s been working hard in the gym with lots of bike sessions to maintain her fitness and she’s now out on the pitch doing some individual running.

“We just need to monitor the reaction to that but hope to integrate her back into training with the team over the next few weeks.”

EMILY ROBERTS

NG: “Em had surgery two weeks ago to repair her medial and lateral meniscus which she injured in a pre-season friendly. Thankfully, this injury was better than first feared.

“She was working hard before her surgery to build her quad and hamstring strength which was really important as she’s in knee brace for six weeks.

“She’s currently undergoing a restricted rehab programme whilst in the brace for a further four weeks.

“Once the brace is removed we’ll continue to build her strength before commencing running and integration back into training with the first team.

“We’re hoping she will be back involved some time in the New Year.”

LAUREN BRIGGS

NG: “Briggsy is now at the stage where she has been gradually exposed to full contact training with the first team alongside her gym programme.

“We’ve worked with the coaching staff to monitor her workload as she’s been integrated back into the sessions.

“We plan to continue testing over the next couple of months to gauge her progress with a view to return to play in the New Year. “

RACHEL LEE

NG: “Shorty is almost four months post-op so she’s working through a gym programme and it’s great to see her back out on the pitch running again.

“Once we get to the later stages of rehab we will follow a similar process of integrating her back in training with ongoing testing.”

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