Paul Hurst will review Niall Ennis' Shrewsbury Town loan in January
Shrewsbury TOWN will review the fitness of their young Wolves loan star Niall Ennis in January.
The 18-year-old frontman, who agreed a loan deal from Molineux for the entire campaign, has not featured for Paul Hurst’s team since August 12.
He required surgery after picking up an injury to the meniscus in his knee during a Town training session.
Ennis, who is stepping up his rehab at Wolves’ Compton base, remains part of Hurst’s squad and is due to be a Shrewsbury player for the rest of the season – but the boss revealed that position will be reviewed in the new year.
“We saw Niall the other day,” said Hurst. “His recovery is going quite well but again he’s still some time away.
“Obviously there’s January where there is a break, if it can be agreed, depending on the situation.
“That’s something we’ll have to look at at that point because if he’s not going to be fit for another two or three months then it’s probably not great for us in terms of working with numbers and we’ll look to do something else.
“If he’s not too far away then we’ll have a conversation.”
Town currently have the maximum match-day number of five loan players in at Montgomery Waters Meadow – Norwich trio Carlton Morris, Ben Godfrey and Ebou Adams and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and Ennis.
Hurst also brought in Dan James on a temporary move from Swansea but the Welsh youngster was sent back to the Premier League outfit after struggling for minutes.
The Town boss also revealed that defender Zak Jules is still some way from a recovery after a severe hamstring injury.
The towering defender, signed on a undisclosed fee from Reading in the summer, tore 90 per cent of his hamstring while on loan at Chesterfield.
He is taking time away from Town’s training base as he is currently unable to drive.
Hurst has backed his skipper Abu Ogogo as a ‘winner’ as they go in search of yet another victory.
Hurst smiled: “We have to try and tell him not to crock our own players in training when things aren’t going his way!
“If I was to describe him I’d say he’s a winner.That’s what we want to do, we want to win.”