ANOTHER SETBACK FACING D'LARYEA
Evening Post, 16 July 2007
Mansfield midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea will have his injured ankle reassessed today, clinging to the hope the latest setback is a minor one.
The 21-year-old was pulled out of pre-season training last week after feeling pain when kicking a ball.
D'Laryea picked up the problem in the derby draw with Notts County in March and had an operation soon after.
But his recovery has not gone as planned and the holding player has now accepted he is likely to miss the start of the season.
"When the injury was first diagnosed I was told it would be six to 12 weeks, then three or four months and now it looks as if it will be another month," said D'Laryea.
"But now I would rather wait until it has fully healed rather than risking it by coming back too early.
"The pain is in three different areas - on the outside and inside of my ankle and my Achilles tendon is also a bit sore.
"It is a blow that I could now miss the start of the season."
D'Laryea was an ever-present for Stags last season until he was sidelined, making 44 appearances with one goal.
And while the last few months have been a frustrating time for the Manchester-born player, he has appreciated the support of his manager. He said:
"Billy Dearden has always made it clear that I am still part of his plans for the season, which is good to know."
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