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Joe Edwards: Injured Midfielder 'Still Has a Big Role to Play'

Joe Edwards: Injured Midfielder 'Still Has a Big Role to Play'

1:53 pm Sunday, 4 March 2018  
Jon Whitney has spoken about the recent ACL injury which ruled Saddlers vice-captain Joe Edwards out for the remainder of the season, and insisted that the former Yeovil Town and Colchester United man will comeback fitter and stronger.
Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken about the recent ACL injury which ruled Saddlers vice-captain Joe Edwards out for the remainder of the season, and insisted that the former Yeovil Town and Colchester United man will comeback fitter and stronger, also revealing plans to discuss terms with the soon-to-be out of contract midfielder.

Jon, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "Joe will come back stronger and fitter from this injury because he is such a good professional. We’re going to sit down with Joe over the next couple of weeks regarding contract status.

"He has seen a specialist and we’d like to get him in for an operation as early as we can. For now he just has to concentrate on his operation. And then we’ll sit down and talk about the future. Joe has already started doing some strengthening exercises. He is being proactive which shows just what type of professional he is."

The manager then went on to discuss his plans for Edwards' rehab, insisting the midfield man still has plenty to offer the team as they look to end the season on the back of a strong spell of form.

Whitney continued; "We are going to do all we can to make his rehab varied and enjoyable. And Joe is a really strong character. He will still be a big influence on this group for the remainder of this season as well. He has still got a big role to play.

"It’s not just on the field where he is a big player for us. Off the field, he is important for the team morale. But first and foremost we need to pick Joe up. It’s up to us as a group to give Joe some love and support to get him through this difficult period. Then I’m sure, in a few weeks, Joe will come in with a smile on his face.

"I understand from my injuries as a player, it’s disappointing but you can turn it into a positive. He has the temperament to deal with this and become stronger from it. I can see Joe using it as a positive to push on in other departments."

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