The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Isaac Wil­liam

SHREWS­BURY are hope­ful of hav­ing Dar­ren Jones back for pre-sea­son train­ing de­spite fear­ing the defender would be out for six months.

The 29-year-old dis­lo­cated a shoul­der against Carlisle at the end of March and hasn’t fea­tured since, with boss Gra­ham Turner at first say­ing he wouldn’t be back in time for next sea­son. But af­ter suc­cess­ful surgery in Manch­ester last week­end, Jones – who is also get­ting mar­ried in the close sea­son – could be back far ear­lier.

“Dar­ren has had his surgery and has started his re­hab, and will be fol­low­ing a fit­ness path over the sum­mer,” said Turner. “We be­lieve he’ll be ready to join train­ing be­fore the start of next sea­son.”

Physio Chris Skitt added: “Ev­ery­thing went very well and he is well into his re­hab to en­sure his fit­ness is gained in the best pos­si­ble time.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, we should hope to see him in con­tention at the start of next sea­son.We have laid out a plan for Dar­ren to make sure we reach each marker we want to hit.”

Mean­while Jer­maine Gran­di­son, who came back on Satur­day af­ter be­ing out since mid-Jan­uary with a hip in­jury but lasted only 75 min­utes, is set to see a spe­cial­ist in a bid to cure the prob­lem.


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