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Cannon unavailable for Stoke

14 January 2022

Head Coach Grant McCann has revealed that Andy Cannon has joined the list of injury absentees ahead of this weekend’s game against Stoke City.

The 25-year-old midfielder was looking to force his way back into the starting line-up having not featured since the end of November against Birmingham City, but now faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in training.

“We had a bit of an accident on the training ground during the week with Andy Cannon,” said McCann.

“He’s just clipped Richie Smallwood’s boot and is unfortunately going to be missing for the next two or three weeks. It’s a bit of ligament damage in his ankle so we’re disappointed to lose him.

“One of the younger players has been affected by Covid but he’ll be off for five or six days.

“Apart from Andy and the injuries we already have with Alfie Jones, Callum Elder, Lewie Coyle and Mallik Wilks, we’re pretty much the same as we were against Everton.”

McCann also provided a more in-depth update on the progress of long-term absentees Jones, Elder, Coyle and Wilks ahead of this weekend’s game against the Potters.

“Alfie (Jones) had a good follow-up meeting yesterday (Thursday) with a specialist in London,” added McCann.

“They are really pleased with how he’s progressing. We’re going to start getting him into training next week. He’s going to need two or three weeks of training before we consider him.

“Lewie Coyle has been out training with the fitness coaches for the last couple of days.

“Callum Elder has been out on the pitch today for the first time so we’ll see how he progresses.

“For the three of them you are probably looking at (a return date of) early February.”

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