Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray has returned home to begin his recovery from a severe knee injury.
The Eagles’ leading scorer was carried off injured in the 0-0 draw with Brighton at Selhurst Park earlier this month.
Scans revealed that the 31-goal forward ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament as he twisted awkwardly in the 67th minute of the play-off semi-final first leg, on Friday 10th May.
Crystal Palace’s head physiotherapist, Alex Manos, confirmed that Murray went under the knife at London’s Cromwell Hospital six days later – and has now returned home after spending a few nights in hospital.
Manos said: “It was a successful operation – it all went well and according to plan. It was pretty much routine in terms of what we’d seen on his scan and what we ended up doing. He spent a couple of nights in hospital afterwards, but he’s now back at home and doing well.”
However, Manos warned that Palace fans may not see the striker don the club’s new strip until 2014.
He said: “It’s difficult to tell an exact time frame because different people recover in different ways, but with this type of injury, the severity of the injury, you are looking at upwards of six months.
“The best case scenario could be six months, but it could take up to nine, or even longer, it just depends on whether there are any complications during his rehab and how well he progresses with that.
“It’s impossible to target a date at this stage and it wouldn’t really be very beneficial to either the player or the staff here. If you make the date, it doesn’t really matter, but if you miss it you are often deemed as having not been successful. I know it’s a bit clichéd, but you really do have to take it week-by-week and assess how he’s going.
“Glenn will spend the next couple of weeks pretty much home-based with some exercises. The idea with that is just to get the knee moving and get the swelling down from the operation, so he doesn’t have to do a lot within the next couple of weeks.
“He’ll then start coming in more regularly, a couple of times a week, to up his rehab. That will be probably pool-based to start with so that he doesn’t have to take too much weight on the leg, because the first three months are all about getting the knee stable and secure and strong. Anywhere from then on, you start to look at your jogging drills and running before we can start on football-specific work outside.”
Manos added that Murray is in good spirits and confirmed that he will travel with the rest of the squad to Wembley for the Championship Play-Off Final against Watford on Bank Holiday Monday.
“He’s great, he’s alright,” he said. “I think he was pleased that everything got sorted out quickly. He got injured Friday and was operated on in a short space of time because he did the good work to get the swelling down for the surgeon to operate.
“He’s just looking forward to cracking on really and of course to Wembley on Monday. He’s going to be coming on Sunday to meet up with the lads and be a part of it. He’s keen to do that and I think it will help the players as well.”