Kyle Knoyle returns to training at Cambridge United
Kyle Knoyle is back in training with Cambridge United.
The 22-year-old right-back sustained a shoulder injury in the U’s second game of the season, the 0-0 draw with Newport County.
After visiting a specialist, Knoyle was given a boost with the news that he would not require surgery and is now back with the squad, although not yet quite ready for a first-team return.
“The good news is that young Kyle has trained virtually all week,” said United head coach Colin Calderwood.
“It was meant to be non-contact but, knowing him, there has been plenty of contact and, fortunately, he got knocked over and someone fell on him but as we sit here there does not seem to have been a reaction it.
“It was a really good test early in his first week back.
“Kyle has got another week to 10 days to be fully confident - being a full-back, probably the biggest test will be taking a throw-in with a dislocated shoulder!
“Only Dan Jones has not been able to get out, and we will have to wait two to three weeks for his bone to heal and be ready.”
United’s other absentees for the home game with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday (September 7) are Reggie Lambe and on-loan midfielder Jack Roles, who are on international duty with Bermuda and Cyprus respectively.
“I don’t think we’re helped by the international call-ups at all,” said Calderwood.
“If we didn’t have the form of Paul Lewis and Liam O’Neil, and Samir Carruthers introduced to the team, then it would be hurtful for us.
“There are a number of games called off in League One, and I think you’re right on the limit with two out, and three is probably the right number before it really affects you.
“We’re fortunate in most areas as we have strength in depth, but if it was two goalkeepers that got taken away, what would happen then?”
He added: “We’ve got to be bright this weekend against an opposition that can certainly keep possession really well - that’s not the be all and end all, they have a threat and score goals.”