Battling midfield general Clovis Kamdjo will make a full competetive return to action by the new year.

The Cameroon-born 26-year-old joined City in the summer of 2016 and got off to a great start when he scored on his debut against Maidstone United on the opening day of last season.

However, last November’s 1-1 draw away at Eastleigh proved to be his last appearence for York, after snapping cruciate ligaments in his knee.

City are now hoping that the bruising defensive midfielder will return to competetive first team action by the new year, after 13 months on the sidelines.

Club physio Ian Gallagher was full of praise for Kamdjo, saying he has made ‘great progress’. Speaking to the club’s website, he also highlighted the need for patience with the player’s recovery.

Clovis has been different class. He’s made great progress.

But he’s been out that long and, rather than rushing him back, we are just keeping the reins on him, getting his fitness levels up to go back training with the lads.

I would like to think he’s about two or three weeks away from fully training again with the lads.

Ian Gallagher

Return to Cameroon

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Kamdjo left his native country to join Reading’s Academy back in 2005, before making over 100 appearences in the football league playing for Barnet and enjoying successful spells at both Salisbury City and Forest Green Rovers.

Gallagher confirmed that Kamdjo will return to Cameroon next month prior to making his full first team return, as a reward for his hard work in his recovery.

“As a reward for his work, I have spoken to the Gaffer and Dave Penney, and we are letting him go back to see his family and have a bit of rest and recuperation.”

“He can come back fresh, hit the ground running, and get a reserve team game in January. It will be a great re
ward for him to be back on the pitch where he belongs.”

Ian Gallagher

Here’s the bad news: Almond out for months

Louis Almond battling against Tamworth. Photograph © Ian Parker

On the down side, York City will be without striker Louis Almond for up to four months.

The 25-year-old former Blackpool and Tranmere Rovers forward sustained a shoulder injury in last month’s home defeat to Tamworth after coming on as a substitute.

He will undergo surgery this week and club physio Ian Gallagher confirmed that the injury is ‘more serious’ than they first thought, after Almond apparently managed to ‘undo’ an operation that was done on a previous shoulder injury.

Unfortunately, it looks like he’s going to be out for three to four months which is a blow for Louis and for us.

He has done it previously when he was younger and he has, basically, undone that operation. It’s more serious than we thought.

He can (still) do most things but he’s got an unstable shoulder which needs sorting.

Ian Gallagher

After being released by Tranmere in the summer, Almond has impressed in his 15 appearences for York this season, before his injury left him out of the last three matches.

He has found the net twice for the Minstermen, once in a 4-2 victory away at Spennymoor Town and again in a 3-2 defeat away at Salford City.