Paul hopeful of comeback before the end of the season but Mick is cautious
The 25-year-old striker joined Blues from Peterborough last August but made only three appearances before sustaining a foot injury which eventually required surgery.
Paul was told he would be out for six months, which would take him up to the end of the campaign but he is aiming to return before that.
He has just started jogging on the anti-gravity treadmill at the training ground and will be using the facilities at St George’s Park, including their underwater treadmill, over the first two weeks in March.
“My recovery is going well and I am making good progress,” the frontman told the Club website.
“We will see how things go but I’m hoping to be back before the season is over. That’s the target.”
Mick McCarthy is more cautious though and rules out a comeback for Paul unless he is 100 per cent.
“Paul is optimistic he will be back. If he is right then that’s great,” said the Town boss.
“Players often get ahead of themselves when they have been out injured for a long period and start to make progress on the way back.
“We have to be realistic with him. It’s no good him playing the last couple of games of the season and he ends up being injured for the summer.”