Shrewsbury Town pledge full support for Lenell John-Lewis
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has stressed that stricken forward Lenell John-Lewis will receive all the care possible at Town to comeback from his horror injury.
The forward, whose Montgomery Waters Meadow is up in the summer, faces up to 12 months out of football with the ACL injury he picked up in the first FA Cup tie with Stoke on January 5.
John-Lewis had surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and will now face a lengthy period of recovery and rehab – where he will be given every bit of care from the club.
The striker is said to have taken the second serious knee injury in recent years with a positive mindset and Ricketts wants the care that Town will provide the frontman to help him rebuild his career.
"We have an obligation of care. If we had that or not I think the club's motto is that we'll always look after players," said Ricketts.
"We want to look after him and make sure he gets the rehab he wants and needs to continue his playing career when he comes back from this nasty injury.
"His character is very bubbly and lively. It is different when you're injured, you might not be here go elsewhere for different bits and pieces – seeing a specialist or days when you don't have to come in.
"He's a great character and unbelievable attitude. The football club will make sure we do everything we can to make sure he comes back fitter and stronger than ever."
Town are believed to be looking to bring in a centre-forward this window, one of a number of position Ricketts hopes to bolster in his squad, as the injury to John-Lewis leaves just Fejiri Okenabirhie, Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Lee Angol in forward positions.