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11 December 2020

"The main thing is his Achilles heel is looking good. I'm really happy with how he trained this week"

Paul Lambert confirmed that Kane Vincent-Young had a good week training with the Town first-team, but said the Club will take its time on getting him involved again due to his lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.

An Achilles issue has kept the full-back out of action since the Tottenham game in pre-season, with his last competitive match coming against Southend back in October 2019.

"He's looked incredible in training this week," Paul said.

"Considering the amount of time he's been out he's looked sharp. We pulled him from training for a couple of days at the end of the week just because of the fatigue factor.

"You have to appreciate how tough it is mentally for a footballer when they've been out for a year. Coming back you get little pains and what not but overall things have gone well.

"The main thing is his Achilles heel is looking good. I'm really happy with how he trained this week but we can't rush anything.

"He'll need game time and that could be somewhere for the U23s or even a game amongst ourselves in training. It's very important that he gets that under his belt."

The Blues boss also gave an update on some of the other players who have been struggling with injuries.

"There are one or two more knocks, Gibbo [Liam Gibbs] hurt his groin in the Youth Cup game so he'll be out," Paul added.

"We'll check how Aaron [Drinan] is getting on, hopefully he's not too far away.

"Freddie [Sears] is doing well but tomorrow's game against Portsmouth is too soon for him. Maybe Tuesday but he's been out a little while so we will see.

"I hope some of the other lads will be back soon. Flynn [Downes] and Teddy [Bishop] could start training around the end of the month or in the new year.

"We will need some of the lads to come back. They wil strengthen us for sure."

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