Premier League club Nottingham Forest have waived Carlisle United’s contribution to Fin Back’s wages while he is injured.

Blues manager Paul Simpson has praised the top-flight club’s generous gesture regarding the loan player.

Back is on the comeback trail after undergoing hamstring surgery.

And Simpson says he is delighted with how the 20-year-old’s parent club have handled the situation with the Blues.

“I hope I’m not talking out of line here, but Forest have made an absolutely fantastic gesture to us and said that they will continue doing all his rehab and we don’t have to pay his salary through the period while he’s injured,” Simpson told United’s website.

“His loan will stay open and once he’s fit he can come back to us.

“We were in a position where we thought he was going to go, and that would have been the loan finished, but he will now be available for us once he gets fit.

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“I’ve heard that his rehab has been really good, which doesn’t surprise me with him, so I can only thank Nottingham Forest for what is a fantastic thing to do.

“It massively helps us and what they are saying is that they’re absolutely delighted with the way that we’ve looked after him and the way he's developed as a player.

“That can only be good for us that clubs are willing to let young players like him come to us and let us help and be part of that development.”

Also on the injury front, Simpson confirmed both Ryan Edmondson and Taylor Charters have undergone surgery this week – and are aiming to be back in action before the end of the season.

News and Star: Ryan Edmondson, pictured, and Taylor Charters have undergone surgery this weekRyan Edmondson, pictured, and Taylor Charters have undergone surgery this week (Image: Ben Holmes)

Striker Edmondson has had a procedure on his shoulder while Charters had a hamstring operation.

“I’m told both operations have gone really well,” Simpson said.

“Ryan had surgery on Wednesday, in Manchester. He’s not been back in the club yet; I know he’s back at home where he’s just getting over the first part of the operation, getting the anaesthetic out of his system.

“I think he’s coming back in next week and he’ll be able to start doing some work to keep his fitness levels up. We’re thinking possibly ten-12 weeks from the date of surgery when he should be back.

“Taylor Charters had the operation on Tuesday and he’s probably the same, ten-12 weeks.

“Thankfully the surgery has been done and the road to recovery starts straight away for them.”

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On Edmondson, who dislocated his shoulder in last month’s defeat at Northampton Town, United’s boss added: “When I spoke to him the other day he actually told me the game that he’s expecting the game to be back fit and available, in March at some point.

“I said, ‘Let’s get your surgery done first, get that out of the way then we’ll look further ahead’.

“Both lads are really keen to get back into it, they have a real determination to be back involved in it, and hopefully when they’re available we’ve still got a hell of a lot to play for.”

Ben Barclay is back in full training after a third ankle injury of the season, with Simpson saying the loan defender is ahead of schedule.

He also confirmed the Stockport County loan man would be staying for the full campaign.

“I didn’t expect that from Ben being in full training] at this stage if I’m going to be honest with you,” said Simpson.

News and Star: Ben Barclay is ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury, Simpson addedBen Barclay is ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury, Simpson added (Image: Barbara Abbott)

“I thought we would still be at the stage of it being more moderate for him, and a reintroduction, but he’s got on with it.”

While Jack Ellis is three to four weeks away from a return after a hamstring injury, he has been running on the grass today, Simpson said – as has Josh Dixon, in an encouraging step back for the midfielder who is recovering from a cruciate injury.

Omari Patrick, meanwhile, has also continued to train, after his return from a hamstring injury, and could be back in the squad to face Newport County this weekend.

“He’s trained really well,” said United’s boss of the latter.

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“We’ve probably had two weeks with him doing the full training, joining in with us.

“He will come into my thinking for this weekend. Whether that be from the bench or as a starter, we’re just going to have to wait and, but he’s done enough and feels good enough to be involved.

“That’s going to be like a new signing just to get him back involved.”

On United’s returning players, Simpson added: “Some of these lads might get a run out next Tuesday night in the Cumberland Cup game at Workington, because they need minutes.

“We’ve got a group of players who will take part in that game and it will keep everybody topped up.”