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Injury update with Steve Hard

Posted: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Author: Kelly Somers

Stephen Purches scored his only goal of last season in the FA Cup against Gillingham.

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Physio Steve Hard gives you the latest from the treatment room.

Steven Purches is today having an operation to remove the metal plate from his leg.
Following a consultation with his surgeon last month, it was decided that it would be best to remove the plate, despite not planning to initially. Upon his return to jogging, Stephen was experiencing discomfort from the screws being low down, so therefore when he eventually returns to playing, the pain would have been excruciating particularly when going in for tackles.
This therefore puts his recovery back somewhat, meaning it will be six to eight weeks before he will return to the level he is currently at.
Charlie Sheringham had his operation four weeks ago and has shown signs of slow improvement. He will hopefully be back running within the next week, but as I have said many times before, there is no timescale - we are taking each day as it comes.
It is now two months since Daryl Flahavan had his operation.
He saw his surgeon last Friday and the positive news we received is that he is ahead of schedule and despite the initial estimation of him being absent for six months, it is now believed he will return within four to five months. He will be back in training towards the end of January, or early February, and only when he is back under the guidance of goalkeeping coach Neil Moss will we have a true indication of his actual return date.