ASN Injury Report
Josh Gatt and John Brooks Eyeing Return to Action
As the German and Norwegian leagues emerge from winter hibernation, U.S. players John Brooks and Josh Gatt look to work their way back into fitness. Here it is, Nick Kariuki's ASN Injury Report.
Hertha Berlin reported on Tuesday that John Brooks managed to complete an individual training session ahead of the German Bundesliga’s return from winter break. Brooks suffered the ligament strain in his left knee while training at the club on January 6.
Molde’s Joshua Gatt also made his return to the training ground on Tuesday. Gatt trained apart from the rest of the squad in the club’s Aker Hall, followed by a strength and conditioning session. According to the club’s website, the initial session went well and Gatt may even join the squad as it travels to Spain this Saturday for the Copa del Sol. The tournament begins January 27 and Gatt told the team website, “It would be a good chance to escape the cold, exercise in grass, and experience the sun.”
Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector’s return date from his thigh injury is now projected to be between late February and early March, the Birmingham Mail reported last week.
According to the Bolton News, Stuart Holden is edging closer to full fitness. Holden’s ACL tear has kept him out of action since summer 2013 and on Monday he had this to say on Twitter: “Really pleased with my progress after all the hard work! Nearly there now!!! If you bet against me, prepare to pay up.”
Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj could not recover from his knock in time to play in the side’s 4-1 win Saturday against Blackburn Rovers. Lichaj remains on the club’s injury list with no definite return date. Forest next face Preston North End in an FA Cup fourth round fixture this Friday.
Since recovering from his hamstring injury in early December, Seb Hines has not seen any match time at Middlesbrough, which coincides with the arrival of new manager Aitor Karanka. The Northern Echo mentioned Hines in a list of several Boro players who could be moved out on loan during this transfer period, which may lead to Hines earning more playing time this season.
Sacha Kljestan made his return from a calf injury as a half-time substitute in Anderlecht’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Mechelen. The defending champions now trail leaders Standard Liège by seven points and will host third-place Club Brugge this Sunday.
José Francisco Torres came on as a second half substitution for Tigres as they fell 2-0 to Monarcas Morelia, marking his first appearance of the Clausura season. Torres missed the beginning of the season because of a muscle problem.
Ricardo Clark has fully recovered from the injury to his left leg, he told the club’s website last week. The injury kept him out the Houston Dynamo’s Eastern Conference Championship second leg.
Nick Kariuki writes the ASN Injury Report every week. Follow him on Twitter.
January 23, 2014
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