Giovanni van Bronkhorst has finally directly addressed all the injury and absence stories swilling around, and very little of it is positive.
Speaking on the states of Filip Helander, Tom Lawrence, John Souttar, Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi and Ben Davies, Gio could only speak reasonably optimistically of Ben Davies, who is currently training with the squad. He did not specify the former Liverpool man’s situation, or wouldn’t, but did suggest it’s looking more positive for him.
In terms of Helander and Souttar, it’s grim. He has no timetable for their returns, and suggests these are long term absences. Helander we kind of already knew, and he may well be a season write off – Souttar isn’t looking much better and is as far away from the first team as he’s ever been.
Kemar Roofe was given a vague timetable of a fortnight before he’s training again, but this appeared extremely contrived as if the boss really doesn’t have much interest in Roofe, but hey, we might be wrong.
Lawrence picked up an injury v County and is out for about a month.
And Hagi? Still out till 2023, give or take.
The worst news is Souttar and Helander – Helander had a massive break down in Portugal and has been AWOL since – itself a recovery from the previous injury. The Swede is really struggling.
Souttar has also been a real struggle since arriving – bereavement and injury have compounded him and frankly we appear to be moving ahead without him as a feasible option.
And that’s the state of our injury play. It’s not ideal and a lot of these leave us extremely thin.
6 players, and only Ben Davies has any kind of decent ETA on him.