Doyle ruptures Achilles tendon as Mackail-Smith undergoes surgery

Hatters midfielder Nathan Doyle faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the club revealed he has ruptured his Achilles tendon during pre-season training.
Nathan Doyle has ruptured his Achilles tendonNathan Doyle has ruptured his Achilles tendon
Nathan Doyle has ruptured his Achilles tendon

The news is another huge blow for the 29-year-old who hasn’t featured for Hatters under boss Nathan Jones, restricted to just 14 appearances last term due to a succession of injuries, his final appearance on December 6 at Peterborough United.

Speaking about the incident, Jones said: “Unfortunately we’ve had a serious injury with Nathan rupturing his Achilles tendon.

“It was an innocuous one in the first session on Monday. No-one was near him, we were just playing a bit of keep-ball after the boys had done the Yo-Yo test, and he went down.

“He’s been operated on and all our thoughts are with Nathan. We’ll support him in his recovery and he can take heart from the fact that a couple of the players already here, Magnus Okuonghae and Craig Mackail-Smith, have had the same injury and they came back.

“He knows there’ll be a lot of hard work ahead of him, but with the right attitude and support he’ll get from the staff here, he’ll be back – but it’ll be a long road ahead.”

Meanwhile, striker Craig Mackail-Smith has undergone surgery, having a pin inserted in the tibia he fractured at Plymouth in March.

Although he won’t play a part in pre-season, Jones hopes he might be back around mid-September, adding: “Craig is still recovering from his fracture at the end of last season, and it hasn’t healed as well as we’d have liked, so he’s had it pinned – which we’re told is the best way of getting him fit and strong again.

“He’ll be in plaster for two weeks, a protective boot for four weeks after that, and then it’s a case of getting him up to speed, so probably another six weeks from then depending on muscle wastage in his calf.”