Birmingham City handed huge boost after talks with Chelsea

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Championship side Birmingham City have been handed a huge boost after talks with Chelsea over 22 year old Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter.

Clarke-Salter, currently on loan at Birmingham City, dislocated his shoulder in their 3-2 win over Reading on Saturday and had to be taken to hospital.

There were fears the 22-year-old could be out for several months but after holding discussions with Chelsea it has been decided an operation is not required.

“Jake obviously had his shoulder dislocated at an early stage of the game in Reading,” head coach Pep Clotet said.

“He was taken to hospital, the shoulder was put back in place, our medical team spoke to Chelsea’s medical team and they all agreed they are going with a conservative treatment on him – so no surgery because there is no damage on the bones.

“We are working on his ligaments so we are expecting a return to full fitness in two to three weeks. Three weeks would be an achievement.

“I have spoke to Jake as well, he is focused, already working on it. The important thing is there was no big damage, it just popped out, popped in after in the hospital so good news.”

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