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Matt lucky over injury

Posted on 11 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Matthew Etherington has poured cold water over suggestions he could be sidelined for a month.

Our young winger damaged his ankle in a tackle playing for the reserves at Dulwich Hamlet last Saturday. That forced him out of a friendly against his former club Peterborough United on Tuesday but also led to speculation that he would be out for a month and therefore miss the start of the Premiership season.

Etherington said: "I think the problem has been exaggerated a bit. The bruising has gone down a lot and hopefully I'll be back in full training next week which means I should be okay for the start of the season.

"I took a bit of a whack during the game at Dulwich Hamlet and I went over on the ankle. I actually thought it was a lot worse than it has turned out to be and the physio has said I've been very lucky. It has been diagnosed as just a bit of bruising and minimal ligament damage, which is good.

"I can thank my lucky stars for that. I thought I was in big trouble. Of course it was disappointing to miss out on the Peterborough match but these things happen in football. You just have to get on with it."