Carlisle United manager Paul Simpson has given a positive update on the injury to striker Josh Kayode, as reported by The News & Star.
Kayode joined the Blues on loan from Rotherham on deadline day, but has made just two appearances for the club having suffered a dislocated shoulder in an EFL Trophy game against Accrington Stanley.
Kayode’s shoulder injury is the latest in what has been an injury hit year for the 23-year-old having also suffered knee problems in the last year. The manner of the injury unfortunate, with the striker falling awkwardly on his shoulder after coming down after contact.
Simpson has however remained positive and expected Kayode back to full fitness in a few weeks time. He will no doubt be a big part of the Blues attack in the second part of the season as they look to survive in the third tier.
Carlisle certainly need Kayode’s goalscoring threat, with the League One newcomers sat 22nd in the League One table with just 13 goals in their opening 17 games. Five of those goals have came from midfielder Jordan Gibson and four of those coming from veteran Joe Garner. No other attacker is yet to score more than one and finding the back of the net has been a real problem for the Cumbrians this season.
Kayode would definitely bring goals to the side, and that has been proven through his previous loan spells with the club, scoring 11 goals in 39 League Two appearances. Now with more experience under his belt, we may see the young forward really progress if able to stay injury-free in the second part of the season.
Manager Paul Simpson seems very happy with his progress, and is looking forward to having Kayode back in his match-day squad.
“JJ (Kayode) is very much on track, his next consultant appointment is December 13, and he’s doing lots of work now, building up his running and that range of movement in his shoulder again which he’s not been able to do.
“He’s a really positive guy, a real good fella to have around.
“I’m delighted he’s with us and I can’t wait to get him fit again and back in the group.”
The striker will need to have the desired impact if the Blues are to climb out of the relegation zone. With a busy slate of fixture over the Christmas period which is the expected return date, Kayode will offer back-up which will certainly help with rotation given the number of fixtures.
It is a real shame that we’ve hardly got to see Kayode in action this season as he looked dangerous in both of his appearances. He may be the player that solves Carlisle’s goalscoring problems in what is both a big year for the club but also for the player as he looks to prove himself out on loan.
The news of a return is positive and we’ll no doubt see the Irishman lead the line soon for the Blues. Hopefully his impact will lift the rest of the side in the second half of the season.