United manager Mark Robins has been providing an update on the fitness of Niall Canavan and Luke Williams.Canavan underwent surgery on Monday to repair torn ankle ligaments, giving him the best possible outcome to return to action in around 12 weeks time.
Williams had a partial tear to his medial collateral ligament and swelling has since gone down and his bruising has come out.
He should be back within an eight-week period if everything goes according to plan.
"Looking at both of those, they were obviously going to be a while," he told The Iron PlayerHD.
"Niall's had his operation and we're probably looking at 12 weeks from last Monday.
"It might be sooner, but I'd imagine it would be close to that.
"Luke may be seven or eight weeks away, but it might be sooner again."
Robins says that Williams is making good progress from the injury he sustained on the opening day against Burton Albion, but he also stated the significance of not rushing both players back too soon.
"Luke's progressing well, so it'll be like having two new players when they're fit," he said.
"We're looking to get them back as soon as possible without rushing them."
The manager is trying to look at the positives and is sure that when both Canavan and Williams return, they will provide a big boost to the squad.
"It's as positive as it can be, I mean you're still without two of your better players," he stated.
"It'll be good for the squad when they return, because it'll be like having two new signings."
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