Joe Allen is doing well – and mates are looking at the silver lining – as he continues his recovery from that terrible Achilles injury.
Allen’s season was over and he was ruled out of Euro 2020 when he tore his Achilles tendon a second before half-tine in Stoke City ‘s 5-1 win over Hull back on March 7. He was stretchered away and had an operation within a couple of days.
But then football ground to a halt, Euro 2020 has been postponed 12 months and Stoke have not kicked off another game.
The very best case scenario was for Allen to be back to join in pre-season – recovery can take between four and six months without complications – but there is still a debate about when or how this one will finish, let alone if, when or how the next one will start.
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In the meantime, Allen has been able to dump his crutches for an air cast boot, continuing his rehabilitation and carrying on a Welsh FA coaching course which has temporarily moved online.
“I speak to Joe regularly, I think he’s doing very well,” Stoke and Wales teammate Sam Vokes told Sky Sports.
“He picked up a horrendous injury tearing his Achilles but as mad as it is, he’s not missed a minute since that game.
“Obviously with the Euros he’s a major part for Wales as well and hopefully he’s going to be fit by the time it comes around now.
“As bad as it is to pick up an injury like that, he’s got this time to rest up and do his rehab and I’m sure he’ll be ready and fighting fit… well, goodness knows but when we’re all back playing again!”