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Jason: Andre Will Come Back Better and Stronger
Wednesday, 9th Aug 2017 18:08

Blues legend Jason Dozzell says his son Andre will come back “better and stronger” from the torn cruciate knee ligament injury which ended his 2017/18 season on the opening day.

Andre, 18, was stretchered off shortly before half-time in the Blues' 1-0 home victory over Birmingham City at a time when he was becoming an increasing influence on his seventh Championship start.

A scan on Monday revealed that the injury was as serious as had been feared and that the academy product would be sidelined for nine months.

“I’m sure it’s not sunk in for him yet,” Jason told TWTD. “He’s OK but I’d imagine it’s not sunk in properly yet. Once he’s had the operation on Tuesday it could kick in.

“When there’s less attention through the winter, then he could get a little bit down, I would imagine.

“Then it’s down to me and the rest of the family and the people who work at the club to take that little bit of pressure off him.”

He added: “It’s difficult keeping positive but, as I say, that’s what we’re here for.

“A month ago he was lifting trophy at the Euros. Now he’s looking at a year out. We can all say ‘That’s football’ but that is a bit much for me, a big kick in the teeth with the circumstances of it all.

“I think he was ready to kick on big-time but there you go. He’ll be back better and stronger for it.”

While the domestic season has been written off, it might be that Andre could make his return to action next summer with England when the U19s look to retain the European Championships title he helped them to win last month.

“The Euros are on again in July, he’ll still be able to play in the U19s,” he added. “We’ll have to see if that’s a target or not, we’ll have to take it month by month.”

Andre had received treatment for a knock earlier on in Saturday’s game, leading some fans to wonder whether that contributed to the injury he suffered later in the half.

“Some people are saying that that may have been what did it,” Jason said. “There was a coming together when he went down, he was going one way and the other player was going the other.

“The challenge basically twisted his knee, I would imagine, with the other player going one way and him going the other, it was a firm challenge.

“He looked like he was in pain when he went down and I didn’t think he was going to get up from that one.

“But then he got up and then he started to play, didn’t he? He started to get on the ball, he seemed to be growing in belief and the other players seemed to be getting more belief in him.

“The injury came from a corner, the ball bounced, it went over his head, he turned, went up, came down and his leg gave way. Whether that first one [was a factor], I don’t know.”

Speaking on Monday, manager Mick McCarthy said he spoke to Andre on Sunday and pointed out to him that when he returns he’ll still only be 19 with around 16 years of football ahead of him.

“There are two sides of that, there’s the timing of it, but what Mick said was absolutely right, he will only be 19 when he gets back and he’ll still have a long career ahead of him,” Dozzell senior, now a coach at the Blues academy, agreed.

Like all players, one-time England U21 international Jason suffered injuries during his own career, although none which kept him out for as long as nine months.

“You’ve got to run around to get an injury and I didn’t run around, did I?” he joked. “I broke my ankle when I was 19 or 20 which kept me out for six months, that was my only bad one really throughout my career and hopefully this will be his only bad one.

“It’s definitely all about the rehab now. You can’t afford to cut corners on this, it’s something he’s really got to buy into and he’ll come back stronger, I’m sure he will.”

Jason, now 49, says he and Andre have been overwhelmed by the goodwill messages sent by fans and from those in football since Saturday, while David McGoldrick dedicated his two goals in last night’s Carabao Cup win at Luton to his team-mate.

“I must send out a thank-you message for all the support,” he added.

“It’s been quite emotional actually. We’ve had messages from everyone, Connor Wickham’s been in touch, other former players, the Birmingham lads, loads, thousands of texts I’ve had.”

Andre’s injury aside, it’s otherwise been a very positive start to the season for the Blues with Jason pleased to see Tristan Nydam, Flynn Downes - “I like him a lot” - and Luke Woolfenden all making progress from the academy into the first team.

He says the mood at Playford Road is very upbeat, little having been expected of Town prior to the season’s start, much as was the case back in 1991/92 when he was a key member of John Lyall’s team which won the old Second Division title.

“I’ve just been down there today with Andre and there’s a good feel about the place at the moment and hopefully it’ll carry on,” he said.

“It might be one of those seasons where no one expects anything, like us back in 1992.”

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TractorBoy654 added 18:17 - Aug 9
Could really do with noone to come in to cover him

Brownie added 18:20 - Aug 9
All the best to Andre & his family. Pleased to here lots of support being offered.

Get well soon.


hoppy added 18:38 - Aug 9
For those that don't tend to visit the forum part of TWTD... you may not be aware of a get well card from all at TWTD for you to add any well wishes for Andre...

Get well wishes to Andre from all at TWTD... by hoppy 8 Aug 2017 11:46
Morning all. I've had a message this morning from Freddies_ears with an idea...

How about we design a big get-well card for Andre from all on TWTD? I've been asked if I could do a design for the front, then we can collect messages from anyone that wants to send a message of encouragement here on twtd and then if we set a deadline to contribute by (I don't know when best, given people are on holidays etc - shall we say by the end of August, or sooner? - open to suggestions on that, Phil?).

I could then go into this thread to collate them all, to copy and paste into the get well card to get it printed up to send to Andre. It could be very, very big (or over a few pages if the number of wishes leant more towards a booklet than a card), and just might give him a little lift?

I think it's a good idea, and happy to sort it out.

It will be helpful if people could include the name they want to be associated with the message (either posting name, or actual name as some have done - doesn't matter either way) within the message area please, as it will make it easier for cutting and pasting. Thanks!

Phil/Gav, would you mind stickying this (and perhaps letting those that usually just go on the News Comments without coming on the forum know about it as well so that they can contribute as well)?



Bluetone added 19:06 - Aug 9
So sad for you Andre hope it works out for you and your recovery is quicker than expected.

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:45 - Aug 9
Legend, class guy. Really hope Andre come back fit strong and has an even bigger career than his dad

whosroundisitanyway added 19:56 - Aug 9
It's gonna be a tough time Andre but listen to your dad and the people around you at the club cos they're the best in the business. One day soon this will all seem a distant memory.
The day you run back out on to the pitch at Portman Road though will be a day you will never forget, trust me. Focus on that and the rest will take care of itself.
I'll be there on that big day and it ain't that far off. Great times ahead, have a speedy recovery.

jas0999 added 20:09 - Aug 9
Absolutely right Jason. Couldn't agree more. Best wishes to the young man.

Bluebell added 20:15 - Aug 9
Such a shame it happened when he was playing so well. He was our best player in the first half against Birmingham.

At least he has a great family to support him. He will come back stronger I'm sure.

Here's to a speedy recovery Andre.


guentchev added 20:22 - Aug 9
Best wishes to Andre. Hope your recovery goes well.

iaintaylorx added 21:49 - Aug 9
Has a massive future. Best of luck on your recovery Andre. Just make sure you're back for the play offs!!! 😛

blue added 22:56 - Aug 9
Young lad not only be 19yrs old but nobody mentioned above you will be playing next year in the premiership !!!
2018-2019 :)

harlingblue added 00:57 - Aug 10
Well said Jason. Good luck to Andre for a swift and successful recovery.

bluemike1969 added 09:09 - Aug 10
Chin up big man. We are all behind you and you have a wonderful family to support you. Focus on the day when your extended family give you a standing ovation when you run back on to the hallowed turf! My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

Ferguson added 10:18 - Aug 10
You know something ? This amazing old club of ours is getting its' heart and soul back.

Get well soon son.


Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 10:39 - Aug 10
Would like to repeat "hoppy's" post. Get over to the TWTD forum and send André a message. If a non IT-savvy type like me can do it, we all can!

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