Injured Shrewsbury loanee returns to Southampton for treatment

HALF-FIELDER Ryan Finnigan has returned to Southampton to recover from an ankle injury he picked up in training with Shrewsbury Town.

Shrewsbury manager Matt Taylor has provided an update on the loan player’s recovery and when he is expected to return to the League One side.

The 20-year-old joined Shrews on a season-long loan on deadline day and made three appearances for Shropshire before suffering a setback.

Shrewsbury Town boss Taylor said: “He has returned to Southampton and we expect him to be available again sometime in January.”

“He was also a big loser, he really was a big loser. I like Ryan as a footballer, this was his second loan spell after playing for Crewe last season.

“We knew what we were getting. He understood the rigors of professional football. It’s no one’s fault, it’s just, unfortunately, how it happened.

“We couldn’t use him, so it was very difficult because there’s a whole bunch of players on my injured list that I couldn’t use and fall back on.”

The midfielder will miss the busy Christmas period but Taylor stressed the League One side do not yet have a firm return date for when he will be available.

He continued: “He had surgery and it’s difficult. He has returned to Southampton and is undergoing rehabilitation there.”

“Once we have a confirmed date I will let you know when we expect it to happen, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s imminent.”

Shrewsbury Town’s last appearance for the club was a penalty shoot-out victory over Brighton Under-21s in the EFL Trophy on 19 September.

Saints are hoping Finnigan can get some valuable minutes on the pitch in 2024 after making 16 loan spells at Crewe Alexandra last season.

Author: Tom Wallace
Source: Daily Echo

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