Wolverhampton Wanderers are taking a sensible approach with any player coming back from injury according to a report.
Hayward’s comments came in a report from the paper, which claims that Wolves star Tommy Rowe is due to return from a broken foot at least a month before the end of the season.
“We try to work towards functional benchmarks like aiming for being pain-free by a particular time, then sprinting by another time and being back in full training by another specific time,” said Hayward.
The stages suggest that Wolves boss Kenny Jackett won’t be put in a difficult position in terms of whether to rush Rowe, or any other player, back before they’re fully ready.
The logical stages suggest that when a player gets back to full first team training at the club, they’re at a stage of fitness where they risk of a problem recurring is reduced.
The paper suggests that Rowe was expected to be out until the end of the season so having him back before the end of the campaign is definitely a boost.
Wolves are well placed for at least a play-off spot in the Championship and automatic promotion isn’t completely out of reach.
The 25-year-old can offer a fresh and attacking option through the middle of the team or out wide and he could make the difference in a big game, if the club follows the strict procedure they’ve set out for themselves.