DAVID SMITH - Friday, January 15, 2010
David Yelldell's recovery from a December knee injury is progressing smoothly, Koblenz confirmed, as the team hopes to have their keeper back in goal in a matter of weeks for their survival push.
The big keeper went down in mid-December with a torn MCL after a collision in the team's loss Kaiserslautern, with doctors originally hoping for only a short stay on the sidelines.
While Yelldell is set to miss the restart of Koblenz's season after the relatively short winter break, current signs are pointing towards a return in the coming weeks.
"David was back on his feet and walking as of this week," Koblenz press officer Julian Turek confirmed. "However we still can't say exactly when he will be able to step in again."
"He is not ready to begin training yet with the team, but he's able to walk around some," Turek continued.
The team had feared a more severe ACL rupture as he was carried off the field, but later tests showed the less troublesome prognosis of a MCL tear, allowing the dual-citizen keeper to work his way back onto the field relatively quickly.
"We take his progress as a good sign so we would like to bring him back as soon as possible," Turek explained, concluding "It's possible that he could be back and fit in approximately three weeks."
Koblenz are currently struggling in 17th place in one of the 2. Bundesliga's automatic relegation places, but will hope to start turning their fortunes around when hosting 12th-place 1860 Munich on Sunday.