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Dozzell Out for Nine Months With Torn Cruciate
Monday, 7th Aug 2017 22:34

Town have confirmed that midfielder Andre Dozzell has torn his cruciate knee ligament as had been feared and will face nine months on the sidelines.

The 18-year-old suffered the injury shortly before half-time during Saturday’s 1-0 home victory over Birmingham City, collapsing to the turf in evident pain as he battled for a bouncing ball with visitors’ striker Che Adams following a corner.

Dozzell is expected to undergo surgery next week and will be out for the rest of the season.

“I saw Dozzer yesterday and he was very down. He is bound to be,” Town boss Mick McCarthy told the club site.

“It’s the season out for him and it’s very disappointing, for us but especially for Dozzer. He will get looked after well by our medical staff and we wish him as quick a recovery as possible.”

Speaking earlier this afternoon, ahead of Dozzell undergoing a scan which revealed the extent of his injury, McCarthy said there was little he could say to cheer him up when he saw him yesterday.

"I said, ‘You’re 18, if it is 12 months, and let’s hope it’s not, but if is you’ll be 19, you play until 35, so you’ve 16 more years to play.

“But it doesn’t feel like that when you're 18, does it? It’s only when you’re an old man like me and you’ve got a bit of perspective on life that you realise there’s a lot in front of you.

“But he’ll get the best treatment, he’ll get well looked after and whatever it is he’ll be back as quick as he possibly can.”

He added: “There’s a kick in the backside waiting for somebody in football, it appears every single day around every corner.

“You couldn’t envisage that happening having had such a great summer, winning the Euros with the England U19s and then coming back and you could instantly see it had given him something.

“The way he trained and I think the fact that Flynn Downes and Tristan Nydam were in and around the team had an effect as well and I loved it, he just rose to that challenge. So, really sad because he did play well on Saturday.”

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multiplescoregasms added 22:36 - Aug 7
Damn!!!!
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Currie10 added 22:38 - Aug 7
Massive shame. Get well soon Dozza.
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Moisha added 22:39 - Aug 7
Good luck Andre, get back fighting fit soon as....

You're young enough to come back stronger than ever.
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SohoBlue added 22:40 - Aug 7
All the best for a swift recovery, AD. Your Dad was my fave player when I was a kid. I'm sure it'll be fantastic to see you taking up where he left off, bossing midfields in a blue shirt for years to come!!!
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RIPbobby added 22:46 - Aug 7
Used to be a career ending injury, but these days players come back. All the best young fella. You have a tough long road ahead of you, but you'll get there.
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CavendishBlue added 22:51 - Aug 7
Can't put into words how I really feel about this Andre.

Grew up watching your dad and was so looking forward to seeing you progress after the last year or so.

May you have patience when needed and come back as chunky as your dad was with all the weights training.

It was a n honour to see you play so silkily and beautifully on Saturday.

Lets hope Flynn and Tristan step up to the plate in your absence and make you fight for your place back in the team next season.

Onwards and upwards big man.DOZZZZEEEELLLL!!!!!
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Bluebell added 22:54 - Aug 7
It certainly looked a bad injury. Such a shame as he had been playing so well.

Fortunately he is young and will recover quicker than an older person although I expect he will be so annoyed and frustrated about being out for the rest of the season.

One player we were all looking forward to see progress this year.

Get well soon Andre.
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Bluebell added 22:54 - Aug 7
It certainly looked a bad injury. Such a shame as he had been playing so well.

Fortunately he is young and will recover quicker than an older person although I expect he will be so annoyed and frustrated about being out for the rest of the season.

One player we were all looking forward to see progress this year.

Get well soon Andre.
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wellhungphil added 22:56 - Aug 7
What rotten luck!

Keep your chin up Andre, it's not the end of the world at all, and hopefully we'll see you scoring the winning goal in the playoff final in May 2018!
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ParisBlue added 23:04 - Aug 7
Although I have a 400 mile round trip I decided to go on Saturday, mainly because I had a feeling Andre would be starting (his 30 minute cameo vs Bristol City was the highlight of last season). His passing was different class to anything I've seen for many years. So unfortunate, come back stronger.
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brendanh added 23:04 - Aug 7
Son of Doz will rise again. It is written in scripture.
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coolcat added 23:04 - Aug 7
Terrible news! Hope he makes a speedy recovery.
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TimmyH added 23:06 - Aug 7
Real shame...get back to fitness ASAP Andre and take things from there.
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Bert added 23:14 - Aug 7
That's a real blow for the boy but wise words from his boss. It does appear that the club has taken stock and is now moving forward with appropriate signings and much better communication all round.
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BlueArrow added 23:44 - Aug 7
Nooooooooo.
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TractorBeezer added 23:52 - Aug 7
That's bad luck Andre however we know what you can do for ITFC and your country.

Rehab will be your next challenge but you can do it. Stay positive!

We are proud of you.
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bluejake78 added 00:06 - Aug 8
Speedy recovery Andre.Take plenty of vacations and keep your pecker up.
I'm looking forward to see you play again this season.
9 months is a target that you will smash.
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KiwiBlue2 added 00:06 - Aug 8
Blast ......... such bad luck for him and us. Hope that the treatment and rehab goes well and he comes back stronger than ever.....,.
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runaround added 00:13 - Aug 8
Get well soon Andre & here's to many injury free years after this
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Blandford added 04:07 - Aug 8
Sad news.
All the very best for your recovery Andre.
Look forward to seeing you in a blue shirt again, as soon as you are fit and ready.
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Marcus added 04:30 - Aug 8
Sad to hear this, it's a painful injury but a full recovery with the excellent physio facilities at the club will help him have a full recovery
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Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 04:31 - Aug 8
Really sorry for this very bad luck Andre, but after the first shock is over, you'll begin to put all your youthful energy and determination into your recovery. And you'll get good support from the club on this; I'm sure we'll get that right at least, despite whatever other complaints many of us have had over the last year or two. Looking forward to seeing you as an ITFC regular at the young age of only 19.
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BrandonsBlues added 07:22 - Aug 8
Phil, Anterior or posterior ligament?
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Suffolk_n_Good added 07:42 - Aug 8
Such a shame, he was having a great match on Saturday, just wish him a speedy recovery & look forward to seeing him back in Blue soon ⚽️
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martin587 added 07:43 - Aug 8
Very sad to hear.I wish him all the very best for a speedy and safe recovery.👍
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