Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'No Pressure' for Watmore to Return to Play; Ross Does Not Want to Rush Recovery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'No Pressure' for Watmore to Return to Play; Ross Does Not Want to Rush Recovery

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Football Writer @JHUNTERCHRON

JACK Ross will not put a timeframe on Duncan Watmore's return - insisting the player must be put under no pressure as he recovers from his second serious knee injury.

Watmore suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in December 2016 and made only a handful of appearances last season before suffering a similar injury last November.

After many months of rehabilitation, the 24-year-old has joined in some training sessions with the first-team squad.

However, Ross says Watmore will be allowed to progress at his own pace and then, when he is fully ready, he will be eased back into action.

Ross said: "Duncan is making really good progress.

"He has joined in with me probably for over a week now, but just bits and pieces depending on what we are doing. "We have a meeting every morning anyway to discuss what we are doing.

"Sports scientist Paul Walsh, who is working with Duncan very closely on the medical side of it, will discuss what we are doing, how he can get involved and when we take him out.

"The people he sees externally are also really positive and happy with where his knee is at.

"I think there is a duty of care for us because it is his second injury and it is a bad one to get. So there is no time frame."

He added: "I want him back and he wants to be back because he looks at us now and wants to be involved but I keep stressing to him there is no pressure.

"He will get there and I think it will be sooner rather than later but I have never put a timeframe on it.

"The next stage will be for him to train fully, probably with the younger players, which I think he is keen on. Psychologically that will be good, slightly less intense and then join us.

"Last time he was probably thrown in quite quickly because of the circumstances.

"It is important even when we get to that stage we have that cautious approach because it will be better for everyone in the long run. …

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