By Ben Dinnery

19th Sep, 2022 | 1:06pm

Medical insider issues verdict on Andros Townsend returning from ACL early amid Everton latest

It is impossible to rule out an early return from injury for Andros Townsend – but Everton are unlikely to take any unnecessary risks.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Townsend, 31, has not played since he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in March.

As quoted by club media last Friday (16 September), Frank Lampard revealed that the wide man is booked in for an appointment with a specialist as he approaches the six-month mark in his recovery.

The manager was not drawn on how long it might be before Townsend is available again.

Dinnery suggested that the Toffees will rightly be wary of bringing him back prematurely.

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“They will be looking at the knee structurally,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“During that initial phase of recovery, the most important thing is a range of movement. They will want him to get involved in activities. First and foremost, you need to reduce swelling and then the inflammatory response.

“We are six months down the line here, so we’re in a fairly good place in the recovery timeframe. This is a good opportunity to step and make sure that everything is going as planned in his recovery.

“Hopefully, this will be just a fairly routine check-up. Andros Townsend is very diligent in his rehab. He will be focusing on getting back as soon as possible.

“We are talking months rather than weeks, but things are progressing in the right direction.

“Nine months is always the guide. Every day after that nine-month mark, the risk of recurrence reduces significantly.

“You can’t rule out a return before that, however. It all comes down to risk and reward. But they haven’t got any great need to bring him back early.”

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