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Injury Prone Middlesbrough Appoint Bryan English

Mon 24th Jun 2013 | Football Club Management

Middlesbrough have appointed Bryan English in a bid to solve their injury problems.

The former Chelsea medical director who worked under Jose Mourinho, Luis Filipo Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti, has been brought in to oversee player injuries and rehabilitation.

Middlesbrough finished poorly last season and at one point were without 13 first-team squad members. English, is expected to oversee Middlesbrough's pre-season training programme and advise on the fitness and player preparation.

The medical expert will also work closely with the club's existing sports science team to ensure a repeat of last season's injury epidemic doesn’t happen again.

"We've addressed the areas we believe were crucial in what happened, not just last season but the season before when we had another similar outcome," Mowbray told the Northern Echo.

"We've managed to bring in Bryan as a consultant for two or three days a week. He's a medical and sports science expert. He worked under Mourinho at Chelsea, as well as Scolari and Ancelotti right at the very very top of football. He brings huge experience."

Cuts to the club’s sports science and medical department have been identified as one of the reasons behind the increased injury problem.

"We lost our head of medicine Grant Downie a few seasons ago when I arrived and we've missed the experience he had at knowing when somebody might be ready to come back from injury,” Mowbray added.

"I think it's an experience thing, a knowledge thing of working at the best practice. Chris Moseley and Peter Hood have been ultimate professionals if their job being one head of sports science and one of medical and I think we're going to help them develop and get more experience from Bryan English.

"There were too many injuries here last season. He'll bring his vast knowledge and experience to us."

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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