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The Miracle Mending of McCann

Chris McCann picked up an horrendous injury against Sunderland at Turf Moor back in September.

Scans at first revealed he had torn his medial ligament before it was realised his cruciate was also damaged.

Clarets fans were led to beleive McCann would be out of action for about 3 months although the extent of the damage would normally suggest a player could be sidelined for a season.

Many Clarets fans feel McCann has been sorely missed in midfield and his loss effectively meant that Coyle had to change his thinking with Andre Bikey being converted to a midfield player.

The extent of McCann's injuries under normal circumstances would have required surgery but the good news is that he is making a rapid recovery without having to suffer the knife!

The recovery has been dubbed a 'miracle' by McCann himself and the 22 year old is now targeting a visit to Old Trafford for his return. The Clarets play Manchester United on Saturday 16th January 2010

McCann speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph recently said:

'Things are going really well - better than expected given that I thought I was gone for the whole season.It basically healed itself. The doctors said it was a miracle.I don't want to get my hopes up too early but the recovery is going to plan and I have a firm goal in mind ... our game away to Manchester United'

McCann is already back in light training but Owen Coyle will be careful not to rush his comeback until he has definitely fully recovered.

Coyle recently told the Official Site:

'He's training well and the sooner we get him back the better. We want him back and playing because I believe he's a big, big part of this football club.It's great to touch that ball and get that feeling it's all coming back but it's not going to be today or tomorrow.It's going to take a number of weeks for him to start picking up and then joining with the group.That's a wee bit way away yet but it's great that he's making that progress. I am not always one for saying somebody will be back January 10th or whatever because I don't want to put a time frame on it.All we are trying to say is he's moving along nicely and the sooner we get him back the better.'

This all sounds quite promising but what do you think about this situation? How much do you think we have missed McCann and do you think a fully fit Chris would walk straight back into the first team no matter how well the midfield was doing at the time?

Why not tell us below this article or in our forums?

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 6 2009

Time: 11:01AM

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The key to whether McCann returns when fully fit, I think will depend on two other players. What will we do with Andre Bikey? Will he return to the back four and if so who will we drop? Could Coyle drop his captain or would Carlisle be under pressure and would it be fair on either of them? Kevin McDonald is looking a stronger and more influential player every time I see him. I thought he was man of match against Pompey yesterday after a rare start. I am beginning to think we need to accommodate him more in our starting eleven but how does he compare against McCann. If we play both Mcs, who will have to make way. Blake looks the obvious one?
I would play both Mcs maybe with Grezza/Bikey behind. We could then have Eagles/Wade on the flanks with Fletch up top. I am looking forward to having Mccann back!
Before I read this, I was thinking about yesterday's game, in which Special K was my MoM too. If everyone were available, my midfield would be: Eagles, McCann, Bikey, McDonald, Elliott.
Couch Potato
It would be great to have McCann, Paterson and Jay Rod back in contention again! A headache selection for which i am glad i don't have to pick, add to that if we brought any more players in come January it would be more complicated, in OC we must trust.
Am pretty sure the absence of McCann has been under-rated. His presence gives a bit of balance and energy to the midfield, particularly away from home, and getting him back will be a real boost.
He's been much missed - fingers crossed that this comes to pass! Hopefully, it will coincide with 2 or 3 new signings in January, too, as they are needed to freshen up the squad. (Be they permanent or loans; I'm not bothered!)
Last Monday as we drove past Gawthorpe there were a few players jogging down the road and in the gfroup I am 98% certain were Mccann and Pato. However can't be certain as it was a real quick glance as we drove by and it didn't help a couple had wooly hats on. But if it was them they are obviously back in training ready for match fitness
It can't be easy, being a young lad/man and your team's just got into the Prem and you get injured. So, if you are so bored that you're reading this... get well soon Chris, get well soon Pato and get well soon Jay Rod.
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