Glebe Rangers dropped points on Saturday away to Limavady United when they lost 2-0. The Ballymoney men were without keeper Gregg Shannon after he picked up a serious injury at training.
The loss of Shannon will be a blow to Manager Jason Wilmont who is already looking ahead to pre-season, however, Gregg is hoping he will be almost back to full fitness by the time this gets underway.
“It was a diaster,” said Shannon. “I have a fractured bone in my shoulder and I’ve also done a lot of damage to my tendon and ligaments. I did my cruiate ligament a few years ago and I would liken the pain to that. You just have to move a certain way and the pain is horrendous. I’ve never had an issue with my shoulder before and it’s given me a lot of problems sleeping and doing general day to day things.
“It’s so frustrating how it happened. We were doing a shooting exercise at training and it was the last ball of the night. I dived to my right and landed heavily on my shoulder. When I saw the Doctor he said that it was a combination of the impact and weight that did the damage.”
Having been seen at the Causeway A&E at the time, Shannon now has an appointment with a specialist as he aims to get on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
“I see a specialist on 28th and I’m hoping to push for an MRI scan as my physio has advised me that it will be neccessary to see the extent of the injury as my shoulder has dropped due to the ligament damage. I want to get back playing as soon as I can. Being part of the Glebe set up has been brilliant and has given me the love and buzz back.
“It’s so disappointing because I had got myself fit and was feeling stronger with every game we played. If it had even happened during a game I don’t think you would have minded quite so much but when it was something so innocuous as a training session and the last kick of the night too then it makes it that bit harder to take. Yes I’m full of regrets about it, I’ve asked myself why did I dive for the last ball but there’s no point, you just have to push on and get on with things.
“The only positive is that it happened at the end of the season. The fracture will probably take around six weeks to mend and then it will depend on the extent of the damage to the tendons and ligaments. Jason is aiming to start pre-season at the end of June so that gives me around 10 weeks so hopefully I should be back ready to start then.
“Everyone has been really good. Jason is keen for me to stay and I will work hard on my re-hab to be back for pre-season.”