Speaking to Lincolnshire Live, Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley says that summer signing Michael O’Connor is yet to feature in pre-season because of ‘necessary rehabilitation work’. The midfielder suffered a serious injury whilst with Notts County last season.

Despite this, Cowley has issued calm to all Lincoln fans as he maintains that the Northern Irishman will be available for selection for their season opener away to Northampton Town on August 4th. The 30-year-old previously enjoyed a loan spell with the Imps back in the 2008/09 campaign.

It could be that O’Connor features in either the friendly at Boston United tomorrow night, or when facing his former club Scunthorpe United in their final pre-season encounter at the weekend. Cowley explained the process around O’Connor lack of involvement,

“He’ll play minutes before the start of the season.

“We had two options. We could have just pushed him through and got 180 minutes by now. But we’ve remained patient and tried to do the necessary rehabilitation work. We need to get some extension in the knee joint on the back of the cruciate injury.

“We know by getting that extension, the knee will be better able to cope with the demands we are going to put on it throughout the season.”

The ex-Braintree Town boss concedes O’Connor won’t be at 100% for the beginning of the season, but he expects the former Crewe Alexandra man to naturally improve that the more he plays,

“It means that he’ll be a little short of match fitness initially, but we’re confident we can build that up as the season unfolds.”

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