Odubajo has endured an injury nightmare since damaging his knee in a pre-season friendly against Grimsby Town in July 2016, but has now been able to draft a potential return-to-play pathway with the Club’s medical staff. That represents light at the end of the tunnel for the 24-year-old right back, although any predicted return date remains tentative at this stage after such a lengthy lay-off.
Fellow long-term injury victim Will Keane, who has now been sidelined for more than a year after suffering knee ligament damage, continues to make good progress although he remains at least a month away from a return to full training.
Ryan Mason is continuing with his functional work without a problem and is due to have a further scan on his head/skull in January, while Abel Hernandez is making good progress after rupturing his Achilles in August. The Uruguayan striker is targeting a return to training in early February.
Of the more recent injuries picked up, Ondrej Mazuch is expected to return to full training on Wednesday after a hamstring problem, while Jon Toral has started running outdoors again and is two weeks into an anticipated four-to-six-week recovery from a hamstring injury.
However, Stephen Kingsley remains some weeks away from a return to action from a complex groin injury as he continues his rehabilitation following surgery.