Siem de Jong was on the brink of returning to first team action only to then see a return of the lung problem that affected him in his final year at Ajax.

Surgery is said to have been the long-term fix to prevent it happening again, but it does mean that playing wise this season is almost surely over for the Dutchman.

However, John Carver says that he is thinking of utilising de Jong’s experience by watching the youth set-up and seeing what improvements can be made with the younger players.

Not a bad idea and very similar to when Ryan Taylor was kept involved by doing work behind the scenes in a scouting capacity.

John Carver:

“I haven’t put a timeline on it and the most important thing is how he feels. This was a big operation he had, so it’s really in his hands. We won’t force him before he is ready to come back.

“He is such a positive guy he might be back quicker than anyone expects.”

Under 21s?:

“I might ask him to come in and watch the Under-21s and give me a little bit of feedback on them, or the youth team, something like that. I want to make him feel part of this club because I think he is a little bit frustrated, as he has come here with a big reputation and he has not been able to get onto the pitch and give something to the fans.

“He got so close and then it is like chopping his legs away, so will I need to have a discussion with him, but if I can use him around the place I would be mad not to.”