Medical expert suggests Jonny return date after 'speaking to' Wolves medical chief
Jonny Castro Otto could make his long-awaited Wolves comeback within four weeks.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Jonny suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture ahead of the 2019-20 campaign but returned within six months of injury.
However, the Spanish right-back featured just seven times before a recurrence of the same knee issue.
Jonny has not played since but is now back in full training at Wolves’ Compton training base.
As quoted by club media last Saturday (22 January), manager Bruno Lage said he was “very happy” with Otto’s progress.
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Dinnery predicts that 27-year-old could return to competitive action at the tail end of February.
“I was looking towards the end of February in terms of a possible recovery,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“This is his second ACL rupture in his same knee. In the first one, he returned in and around the six-month period.
“The risk factors increase significantly when you return before nine months.
“That nine-month guide is a great way to try and protect the player and minimise the risk of any further problems.
“The longer that recovery process, the better and the stronger the player will be. So it makes sense to manage Jonny.
“Wolves are excellent with the way they integrate players back into the squad. I spoke to the head of medical Phil Haywood at Wolves last year.
“He talked about getting player involved with teammates a little bit sooner to finish off that final phase of rehab.
“That improves that integration back into that first-team squad. The physios and training department are working together to ensure a smooth transition.
“You need certain baseline levels of fitness. We can treat it as a mini pre-season to get Jonny up to speed.
“So I think three to four weeks from this stage is more than realistic.“
Jonny joined Wolves permanently in January 2019 after spending the previous six months on loan at Molineux.
He has featured 95 times across all competitions since his arrival, scoring three times and laying on five assists.