PLYMOUTH Argyle striker Matt Lecointe is making ‘excellent progress’ in his recovery from cruciate knee ligament surgery.
Pilgrims’ physio Paul Atkinson revealed the 19-year-old was on schedule in his rehabilitation from the serious injury.
Lecointe was hurt when he collided with former Argyle goalkeeper Ollie Chenoweth in a pre-season fixture at Truro City in July.
The former England under-18 international had an operation to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament at the end of August.
Atkinson told Herald Sport: “Matty is making excellent progress. He’s on schedule for where he should be in terms of his recovery.
“He has had no setbacks, and he started straight-line running two weeks ago.”
Atkinson was reluctant to put a date on when Lecointe could be ready to return to action, but it is possible it might not be until the start of next pre-season.
“It’s unfair to talk about target dates for him, especially when he is at such a young age,” said Atkinson.
However, there is one benefit to Lecointe, a former Ivybridge Community College student, being the age he is when it comes to his rehabilitation.
Atkinson said: “The younger you are the more easily you recover your fitness from this sort of injury.”
Lecointe has made 13 starts and 17 substitute appearances for Argyle since making his first team debut in August 2011, aged 16, and scored two goals.
The Plymouth-born striker has played only once for the Pilgrims since John Sheridan took over as manager in January.
That was in a 0-0 draw against Dagenham and Redbridge at Home Park in League Two on February 2.
Meanwhile, Atkinson is continuing to assess the hamstring injury suffered by Tope Obadeyi.
The loan signing from Bury was substituted in the 25th minute of the 1-0 defeat by Burton Albion at Home Park on Saturday.
Obadeyi, 24, was running at speed with the ball when he pulled up sharply.
It looks unlikely he will be fit for Argyle’s FA Cup second round clash against Welling United at Home Park on Saturday.
“He’s feeling better every day but I think it’s too early to say how long he’s going to be out,” said Atkinson. “I wouldn’t have thought he will be fit for Saturday, though.”
Obadeyi has made four starts and two substitute appearances for Argyle since signing from Bury last month.
He scored the equaliser when the Pilgrims drew 1-1 at York City in League Two on November 16.
Atkinson added: “It was a classic hamstring injury. He felt it go when he was running and he needed to come off. There was no point in him continuing in the game. It’s not the sort of injury you can shake off.”