The young centre half tore his hamstring during pre-season a few months ago but returned to the Under-23s side over the weekend as they beat Sunderland.
U23s boss David Unsworth has said that the club will assess his progress over the course of January before deciding at the end of the month whether a temporary move elsewhere would benefit him.
“We've got to tread very carefully with him,” Unsworth told the club's official website. “We've spoken about a loan but it's something we are going to have to discuss right at the death in the transfer window. Because he's had such a horrendous injury, we have to treat him with kid gloves at the moment in terms of minutes.
“We just have to go softly-softly with him for the next three or four weeks. If it means he doesn't go out on loan, he'll certainly be ready in a couple of months for hopefully our first team.
“I'm hoping that he can show the manager and first-team staff what he's all about.”
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1 Posted 10/01/2017 at 20:53:31
2 Posted 10/01/2017 at 21:07:17
Good luck lad, you deserve some.
3 Posted 10/01/2017 at 21:30:57
4 Posted 10/01/2017 at 21:44:25
We don't need to buy players like Jose Fonte as it kills there hopes.
Jagielka will move on or out soon, Williams will only have another year or two, Funes Mori should be considered as the main man and if we don't sign anyone else it gives these lads hope.
If they aren't good enough we have to look for someone ages 20-27, not in there 30s.
Good luck to Pennington, good to see he's back from injury.
5 Posted 11/01/2017 at 00:17:30
Glad he's returned from injury and I'll be interested to see how he progresses this season either with us or on a decent loan to, hopefully, the Championship.
I agree Anthony that if we did bring Fonte in that wouldn't give lads like this much enthusiasm for stepping up.
6 Posted 11/01/2017 at 01:45:01
I just hope that they get a proper chance. I think that they will be OK.
And it's a no to Fonte from me. Is he really better than what we already have?
7 Posted 11/01/2017 at 07:44:46
From the length of his absence it looks like a tier 3 hammy, so I'd be amazed if he's loaned out.
8 Posted 11/01/2017 at 11:53:11