Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer has told Birmingham Live that Manchester United loanee Tahith Chong is making good progress towards returning to action for the Blues.
The Dutch winger had previously been performing superbly well for the Midlands side upon arriving at St Andrew’s over the summer and quickly became a favourite with the fans as a result.
However a freak training ground injury resulted in the youngster requiring surgery on his thigh and as a result the player returned to his parent club for treatment and rehabilitation.
Now Bowyer has provided an update on where Chong is at with regards to getting back playing:
“All I can say is he is ahead of schedule. I don’t want to say days, weeks, months – whatever it is. All I know is he is ahead of schedule which is good.
“Obviously he is back at Man U getting treatment and they are looking after him, so we know he is getting very, very well looked after there – which is positive for us. It was good to hear that last week.
“Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly, he is still a long, long way away but fingers crossed we see him at some stage before the end of the season.”
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Prior to his injury, Chong racked up an impressive three assists in 13 Sky Bet Championship games and was well on his way to showing Man United what he is capable of.
The attacker is set to see his current contract with the Red Devils expire in the summer of next year.
Birmingham City certainly haven’t been the same team since Chong was sidelined and the hope will be now that he can get back to full fitness before the season finishes.
He has the ability to turn a game on its head because of his dribbling skills and pace and it has proven tough to replace the influence that he has during a 90 minutes.
Bowyer has had to think outside the box a bit more with regards to getting the most out of the rest of his squad, but he will know that losing Chong has been a big blow.
Everyone at Birmingham will now have their fingers crossed over the potential return of the talented 22-year-old.