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Concord Rangers' Danny Spendlove: I will not let injury ruin career
DANNY Spendlove admits his season is probably over but says he’s determined to come back from a career-threatening knee injury.
The 27-year-old Concord winger tore his cruciate and damaged his medial and lateral ligaments when he turned sharply in a game at Dover Athletic in August.
A scan the following week confirmed the extent of the damage and he spent three weeks on crutches and is now waiting to undergo an operation before Christmas.
“It was just an innocuous turn as I planted my foot in the corner and my knee popped out and in again – I never thought it would be this bad,” said Spendlove.
“At this stage it’s a case of I really don’t know when I might be playing again. I need to speak to the surgeon but I’m basically writing off this season.
“I definitely need an operation and as long as that goes well I will knuckle down with my rehab and hopefully I can come-back next year, or maybe even get in some training at the end of this season.
“I’m 28 this year so I still hope I have got some good years of playing football in front of me. I’m trying to stay positive.”
A cruel irony was that Spendlove’s injury came about 15 minutes after he’d scored a terrific individual winner against Dover to give Concord an historic first victory in the Conference South following last season’s promotion.
And all-in-all it’s been a pretty shocking seven months for the former Wealdstone man, who was forced to miss Concord’s memorable Ryman Premier play-off win at Lowestoft after suffering a bad eye injury and broken cheekbone in a league match at Leiston in April.
He needed an operation to repair the damage and made his comeback in July in a pre-season win over Stevenage and came on as a substitute in Concord’s opening day defeat to Basingstoke and following game four days later, a draw at Chelmsford, before his bitter-sweet day at Dover.
He said: “It’s been a tough time because the eye injury and the knee injury both stopped me working, and I’m self-employed.
“The club got out the magic bucket and raised a few quid for me on Saturday (£500 was collected for Spendlove at Concord’s FA Cup win over Histon on the weekend) and I really appreciate that. It shows what sort of club it is.
“So I am going to stay positive and support the club how I can. I’ll certainly be on the coach and having a few beers and cheering them on when we go to Barnet in the next round of the cup.”