Boss says captain in positive mood ahead of ankle rehab
Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis remains confident that the Club Captain Matt Tootle will make a successful comeback before the end of the season. Tootle has suffered his fair share of injuries this season and he has not appeared since facing Sheffield United at Gresty Road back on October 25th. Youngster James Baillie and the versatile Oliver Turton have filled the void since with Crewe usually operating with a wing-back system.
Tootle's injuries have restricted him to just 18 appearances this season and despite the form of Baillie and Turton, it has still been a blow to lose one of our most senior players for much of the season.
Tootle originally suffered ankle ligament damage against the Blades and then suffered a re-occurrence in training during his rehabilitation. It has kept last season’s player-of-the-season for the majority of the campaign and he recently had a supportive ankle boot removed.
Davis says that the defender is in good spirits as he steps up his rehab again.
“I spoke to Toots yesterday and he is in good spirits, ‘says Steve. “He has been in and working hard on his rehab.
“The boot has been removed and it will just take time for him to build the strength around the ankle. He has been very positive about and we are hopeful that he will play again for us this season.”