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"We Should Have All Handled Tom's Injury A Bit Better"

10 March 2020

Boss says that they will be cautious with Tom in his quest to get back.

Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says that the club will take more responsibility over Tom Lowery’s pelvic injury to make sure he comes back right for the run-in.

The midfielder has not featured for the last six weeks due to a problematic groin injury and his return to training has resulted in a reoccurrence of soreness.

Lowery’s keenness to get back has seen him suffer discomfort after training sessions but Artell has stressed that he is not far off.

Artell told “Tom’s injury has flared up a bit after he has returned to training. He is such a good kid and a top professional that he just wants to play football.

“When you ask Tom how he is, he will say ‘fine’ and does everything he can to make himself available for selection.

“We should listen to him but we should have handled it better than we did. That is a collective thing and it has been a learning curve for us. We will make sure he is right and he won’t be going anywhere near the training pitch again until he is.

“Perhaps if we had handled it better he could have been back by now so it is not ideal but all of us are responsible there and we will do what is best for Tom.

“If that means him not training for a few days to make sure he is right then those few days will be well worth it towards the end of the season.

He added: “He is fine and he is not far off. It really is not a massive thing or a serious injury but we have to make sure he is completely right.”

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