Ashley Westwood is close to a recovery from injury. He could see his first match action in this month’s Clarets draw with West Ham, where he sustained a serious ankle injury that required surgery. He has been working hard to make a comeback before the World Cup break.
As a 32-year old, he has been involved in the coaching cooperative under Mike Jackson and has taken on board the advice of Vincent Kompany as he plans for a career in coaching. He wants to play again and that will happen sooner than expected with the midfielder being able to participate in training.
Ashley Westwood revealed that he had successful surgery and thanked the ‘overwhelming support’ he received after his ankle injury against West Ham.
After colliding with West Ham’s Nikola Vlasic, Westwood (32), was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
It was Westwood that came out worse in the 50-50 challenge. Vlasic was crying during the long stoppage to care for the Burnley man.
Westwood, in his first statement following the horror injury, expressed his gratitude to all who helped him, including Cromwell Hospital staff and paramedics, as well as his wife and children.
Westwood wrote, “First of all, I would like to thank everybody for their messages and support that flooded in after Sunday. It’s been overwhelming and it’s really appreciated.fabguys manchester.
“I would like to thank all the hospital staff and paramedics who treated me on Sunday. Also, the West Ham United players and staff as well as the Burnley Football Club physios/doctors.
“The reaction from all the supporters when I left the pitch on Sunday was amazing. My team-mates, the groundsman, chef, and kit man at Burnley Football Club have been amazing. He even offered to babysit my kids.
“Thanks go also to the surgeon, Cromwell Hospital staff and my family for their support.
“Last but not least, I want to thank my wife for all she’s done this year. My two children have also kept me smiling.
Burnley’s loss of Westwood on the pitch is a huge blow as they fight against relegation.
As they prepare to face Sean Dyche, Southampton Wolves, Watford and Aston Villa twice, Tottenham, and Newcastle, they are still to appoint a replacement.