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JOHN THOMPSON GIVEN ALL CLEAR
18th January 2012 11:18


Stags defender Thompson given all-clear
Nottingham Post, Thursday, January 12, 2012

JOHN Thompson has been given the all-clear to make his latest comeback for Mansfield Town.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Stags-defender-Thompson-given-clear/story-14402621-detail/story.html

The former Notts County and Nottingham Forest defender has been sidelined since just before Christmas with an injury that has affected his right arm, shoulder and neck.

But he has now been reassured there is no serious damage and can return to training.

As a precaution, the player will first undergo a period of rehabilitation at Lilleshall next week.

Thompson will then join his team-mates a week on Monday and hopes to be immediately back in first team contention.

Manager Paul Cox said: "Hopefully it won't be too long before he is back."

Thompson previously missed a big chunk of the first half of the season after needing facial surgery on an injury sustained in a pre-season friendly at Ilkeston

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Suffering Stags defender Thompson off to Lilleshall
chad.co.uk, Saturday 14 January 2012

JOHN Thompson has been given the all-clear by specialists to return to action.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/suffering_stags_defender_thompson_off_to_lilleshall_1_4136126?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

But the former Irish international defender will still spend the next week at Lilleshall National Rehabilitation Centre to monitor his return to training.

Seen as the club's star summer signing, Thompson suffered horrendous facial injuries in the pre-season game at Ilkeston which delayed his debut until mid-November.

However, he has since suffered secondary pains in his neck and arm which, thought to be linked with the challenge at Ilkeston, and visited a specialist last week who, this week, provided good news.

"John has had the all-clear from the specialist which is good news," said boss Paul Cox.

"We knew what we were bringing into the club when we signed him, but he has had one of those seasons and the pre-season injury has come back to haunt him.

"He will be happy when he can mentally and physically go into a football match knowing he is 100 per cent.

"The problem has been with his next and right shoulder and arm. He was losing a little bit of strength there and with those kind of injuries and symptoms you have to be very, very careful.

"He will now spend a week at Lilleshall where they will monitor him and, when he comes back, knowing John, he will want to be involved right away. He won't want to stand twiddling his thumbs if he is fit."

Stags have also welcomed Rhys Day back into training after the unlucky centre half's latest injury problems.

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All-clear Thommo off to Lilleshall
chad.co.uk, Wednesday 18 January 2012

JOHN Thompson, pictured left, has been given the all-clear by specialists to return to action.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town-fc/all_clear_thommo_off_to_lilleshall_1_4151324

But the former Irish international defender will still spend the next fortnight at Lilleshall National Rehabilitation Centre to monitor his return to training.

Seen as the club's star summer signing, Thompson suffered horrendous facial injuries in the pre-season game at Ilkeston which delayed his debut until mid-November.

However, he has since suffered secondary pains in his neck and arm which, are thought to be linked with the challenge at Ilkeston, and visited a specialist last week who, this week, provided hope.

“John has had the all-clear from the specialist which is good news,” said boss Paul Cox.

“We knew what we were bringing into the club when we signed him, but John has had one of those seasons and the pre-season injury has come back to haunt him.

“He will be happy when he can mentally and physically go into a football match knowing he is 100 per cent.

“The problem has been with his neck and right shoulder and arm. He was losing a little bit of strength there and with those kind of injuries and symptoms you have to be very, very careful.

“He will now spend two weeks at Lilleshall where they will monitor him and, when he comes back, knowing John, he will want to be involved right away. He won't want to stand twiddling his thumbs if he is fit.

“We hope we will have him back for the Darlington match weekend.”

Stags have also welcomed Rhys Day back into training after the unlucky centre half's latest injury problems

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Marriott backs Thompson in Stags injury fight
Nottingham Post, Monday, January 16, 2012

ALAN Marriott today backed Mansfield Town team-mate John Thompson to come out of his injury nightmare a stronger character.

The central defender has made only a handful of appearances at Field Mill since joining in the summer.

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/story-14436480-detail/story.html

First the Irishman was put out of the start of the season by a challenge from Ilkeston's Gary Ricketts that left him requiring facial surgery.

And then, after only a few games back either side of Christmas, Thompson faced another spell on the sidelines after feeling pain in his neck, shoulder and arm.

The good news is that the player has now been given the go-ahead to start his comeback and is attending a rehab course at Lilleshall this week.

Marriott went through a similar injury torment last season, spending around six months on the sidelines as experts struggled to diagnose a problem with his hip alignment.

The former Lincoln and Rushden shot stopper knows from that experience that patience is the key.

"It is awful what has happened to Thommo, especially as the club had such high hopes of him playing a key part from the start of this season," said Marriott.

"I have seen how downbeat it can make you from what happened to me last season and how hard it is to stick with it.

"The shame for John is that he had just come in and started to perform well. He came back in for the Telford game and had started to form a bit of a partnership.

"He has a lot of experience and a great calibre and it is a pity we have not seen more.

"When you are up at the crack of dawn and in before the other players to get treatment and then in the gym on your own, you start to wonder if your comeback is progressing.

"But you just have to stay patient and I'm sure it will come right for him in the end.

"He still has another year at the club after this and there is the rest of the season as well and knowing Thommo as I do he will be keen to get back as soon as possible."

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