Close, but still a long way to go in his recovery.
That’s the situation facing Birmingham City midfielder Jonathan Leko.
Blues boss Aitor Karanka has revealed that the 21-year-old has taken a major step forward in his recovery, although it will still be a little bit longer before we can start thinking about seeing him pull on a royal blue shirt any time soon, stressing that he wouldn’t be willing to risk him coming back earlier than is necessary:
“I think he will have another three or four weeks at least before he joins the group. He is here, if we can go one week earlier, perfect, if we can’t it is not a problem because one or two weeks in seven months is not important.”
Will we sign another backup forward this window?
Given that he was the only player that we have been willing to pay for so far this window, it’s pretty obvious that he is going to be an important player for us this season, not only that, but I did also note a few weeks ago that wingers were going to be an important part in how we played this campaign, so how we deal with his comeback is going to be very important.
Because the last thing that we need is to risk him coming back too early and reinjuring himself, pushing his return to first-team action back even further.
What about you? Do you think Leko will be important to how we set up this season?