The way back Holmes v Corberan release injury update before the game in Middlesbrough

There was good news and bad news when Carlos Corberan used his press conference outside Middlesbrough to release updates on Town’s injury list for the first team.

Jonathan Hogg’s situation hasn’t changed, but Corberan was quick to praise his captain’s character, even when injured, to help the squad. Hogg still works with the medical staff on a daily basis, but will likely be absent for six to eight weeks.

There was good news about Duane Holmes, who should be available again this week after training. Corberan expected to train as usual on Friday and, if so, to play the game on Saturday.

Holmes was a big miss but it wasn’t all good news as midfielder Alex Vallejo suffered a setback and is now in need of knee surgery after discovering a second injury.

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That operation will take place next week, but Corberan reckons it will be “four to six weeks” before the midfielder will be back close to training. With Hogg’s absence, the Terriers have two key key midfield options.

Pipa and Jordan Rhodes’ recovery is still going according to plan, but none is rushed. Both continue to work until full training and are monitored by medical staff.

Corberan said Rhodes could show up in the run up to Christmas if he can get through some time with the B-Team over the next several weeks and get back to a full training schedule.

Pipa is slowly working its way back but is being monitored after previous problems during his summer comeback program. There is currently no specific return date, as the intensity of his workload is carefully increasing from week to week.

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