Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given an update on the injury situation surrounding Jonny Otto.
The 27-year-old has been incredibly unlucky when it comes to injuries in the past few seasons. Having once been a regular in the team when Wolves last returned to the Premier League, a pair of ACL injuries have meant that he has spent a large amount of time away from the squad.
Speaking on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, Keen offered this update on Jonny’s injury situation, stating that there was still some way for him to go before he could well and truly get into the swing of things, but that he was still taking some steps on his road to recovery.
He said: “I asked recently on that, and we were sort of trying to figure out because it’s a little bit quiet on him. So he’s started sort of running again, he’s on the grass again and he’s been going into the meetings with the squad and the defenders and stuff, so he’s sort of getting himself integrated back into the preparations for games and things like that.
“As far as I’m aware right now, I don’t think he’s in team training at least, anyway, which obviously would be a big step. And that would be him potentially three, four weeks away from coming back. I don’t think he’s there yet.”
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This is a very promising update when it comes to Jonny, showing that he is on the cusp of getting back to fitness, but there has to come a time when the club might need to think about shutting him down for the season and bringing someone else in.
Whilst Wolves seem pretty well-stocked at the left-back position, with three of them on their books right now, considering Jonny’s injury as well as the one recently sustained by Rayan Ait-Nouri, resources are now running a bit thin.
And given the nature of Jonny’s injury problems, it’s not impossible to imagine it might take a while yet for him to get back to full fitness, and that he also runs the risk of getting injured again and going back to square one.
So it might be worth Wolves allowing him the rest of the season to recover and to instead bring somebody in during the January window who they know will be a little less risky when it comes to their availability.