Koren (fractured foot) and Chester (hamstring) are both expected to be out of action for up to eight weeks with injuries sustained during the opening weeks of the new season, but Rob Price, the club’s Head of Medical Services, is pleased with how both players are already progressing with their rehab work.
“With injuries, it isn’t always black and white and you have to see how people progress,” said Price.
“When we say it could be eight weeks, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be eight weeks because we always hope we can get them back a little bit quicker than that.
“Robert is doing particularly well with his rehab and we’re hopeful that within the next three weeks he could be back out there with the team.
“He broke down in one of our games after taking a kick to the top of his foot and unfortunately that fractured a bone called the medial cuneiform, which is quite an unusual fracture.
“Robert hasn’t had a day off since he got the injury and he’s using this time as an opportunity to work on other parts of his body like his strength and his core. He’s also helping out the other players during their training sessions and being one of our senior pros, he’s also passing on plenty of advice.
“With James, he has some damage to one of his hamstring tendons and you have to really give that a couple of weeks to settle down for it to start to form some scar tissue before we can start loading him.
“But he’s doing well in the early stages of his rehab and again, he’s also working on some other areas. Hopefully in around ten days we’ll be able to start pushing him a little bit more.”
With Robbie Brady also now sidelined for around four weeks after having a hernia operation on Tuesday, it’s been a busy time for the club’s medical staff with Price and his team always ready to be called upon when needed.
“It’s a case of trying to manage the squad as best you can,” added Price.
“The manager is particularly good at managing the workload of the players and making sure we don’t overload them.
“He looks at the GPS data every day to make sure we’re doing the correct things to get the players into the best condition to be able to perform at the weekend.”