James Jones is ahead of schedule but he won't be risked for early return
Although he is ahead of schedule for a potential return to action, Coach James Collins has reiterated that our talented young midfield player James Jones will not be rushed back.
Jones is currently on the road to recovery following shoulder surgery and although he has been able to start kicking footballs again, he will not be risked until the shoulder is completely healed.
Jones, a Scotland Youth International, has not featured this season after dislocating his shoulder in a pre-season friendly at Alsager Town. The club agreed that Jones should undergo surgery to rectify the problem, thus ruling him out of the first three months of the new campaign.
The midfielder is making considerable strides but cannot resume full training until he is permitted to embark on competitive contact again.
James Collins told crewealex.net: “Jonah is probably ahead of schedule and that will be down to his attitude and character to get back as soon as he can.
“Because it is a shoulder injury, he is allowed to do the fitness work and he has been running and kicking the ball but it is all about the contact and making sure the shoulder is properly healed.
“The club always looks after our younger players. We have a care of duty and will not rush them back unnecessarily. We don’t give them an injection, patch them up and put them back out there. We will make sure he is ready before we consider him for an Under-21 game.”