Brentford have provided updates on the progress of the long-term injuries to Alan Judge and Lewis MacLeod.
Speaking to the club's website, the Bees' Head of Medical Neil Greig confirmed that having returned from a reconditioning camp in Philadelphia, Judge has seen real progress in his confidence and movement, with the midfielder set for a further scan in 10 days time.
Greig explained: "Have worked closely with Alan since his return from the camp, it’s clear to see that aims of the camp were achieved and he is now demonstrating far greater confidence and movement quality than we have seen previously. Alan’s engagement with the reconditioning process whilst working with Bill was first class, as it has been throughout his recovery, and he is now well placed to begin the next phase of his return.
“In around 10 days Alan will undergo further assessment by the Consultant who is managing his case. At that point we hope to see another positive scan with regards to bone healing which will allow us to move towards beginning outdoor work. Whilst we still have some hurdles to clear over the coming weeks, we all believe that we are now in the best place that we’ve been to date and Alan’s return to training can begin to be focussed on with confidence.”
Lewis Mcleod suffered a serious knee injury in the win over QPR in October. Following surgery in November, Macleod was able to join his teammates for light sessions during pre-season, and Greig says he is progressing well.
He said: "Lewis travelled with the squad to our recent training camp in France where he was able to begin joining the main group for some of the lighter football elements of training, whilst continuing his physical reconditioning with the Medical and Performance staff,” said Neil.
“This process went well and Lewis has begun to build his confidence through daily exposures to field-based training. In addition to his field-based content, he has also demonstrated significant improvements in his gym-based objective markers, which we use as means to identify where our strength and conditioning programming needs to focus. This objective approach is far more reliable than simply using time scales as a means to monitor progress. As with Alan, Lewis’s application and effort has been first-class.
“Our approach with Lewis moving forward from this stage focuses on building on his daily football exposure with the team, whilst delivering him a ‘pre-season’ period of football specific conditioning. We hope that this process will see him back into full training at some point in September after which the ourselves and the coaching staff can provide him with a progressive return to match action.”