Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett is hoping Jimmy Phillips will be back in action by Christmas.
The 24 year old winger suffered a tear in his posterior cruciate knee ligament in the 1-1 draw at Newport County nearly two months ago. The brewers initial prediction would be four months out, but it could end up being nine.
The club’s longest serving player at 24 was on form at the time and possibly the best form in his career so far as Burton were chasing automatic until injury struck and the Brewers finished 6th, losing in the Play-Off Final.
Phillips was missed but Rowett is confident about his future. ”He was fantastic this season, he’s had a bit of bad luck with injuries in the last couple of seasons but he can get back to playing that type of football” said Rowett.
”He could potentially return to training in November and we’re looking at him back fit and playing around Christmas.” added Rowett.
The 24 year old is looking towards playing his sixth season with Burton after signing from Stoke City in 2009. His contract runs out at the end of the month but he is currently on a month to month contract until he is back fit.