What next for young Rotherham United striker Josh Kayode?
ROTHERHAM United are hoping to take charge of Josh Kayode’s recovery from a season-ending injury but are powerless to insist on their young striker’s return to South Yorkshire.
The 22-year-old has suffered serious quad damage while on loan at MK Dons and it is the League One club who will have the final say on where the Republic of Ireland youth international’s rehabilitation takes place.
Kayode had undergone successful surgery and is now resting up as he waits to hear which treatment room he will be reporting to.
“We would like him to come back and do his rehab with us,” said Millers manager Millers manager Matt Taylor whose side face Coventry City at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.
“He is obviously our player — we’re the parent club — but he is on loan with MK and it’s totally up to them. It all depends on whether they want to keep him around.”
The quad setback completes six months of misery for Kayode whose pre-season hamstring tear wrecked his chances of challenging for a place in Rotherham’s Championship squad.
He then picked up a knee problem with the Dons and had been restricted to just ten outings before his latest blow as he closed in on a comeback.
“He’s had a horrendous season,” said Taylor. “He had a tendonitis problem with a knee which kept him out for a large part. Obviously his form was probably affected by that and he didn’t get the run of games in League One that we all wanted from the loan.
“To get this injury is a real kick in the ‘whatevers’. It’s a real shame for him. Let’s be honest, his focus is now on next pre-season.”