Connolly injury fears confirmed

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WIMBLEDON striker David Connolly has confirmed he will miss the start of the new season after revealing he has injured medial ligaments in his left knee.

The former Feyenoord and Wolverhampton striker picked up the injury during the club's friendly draw against Swindon Town, and is now set for around three months on the sidelines.

Club officials originally thought the 25-year-old Irish international could be back in action after around eight weeks, however Connolly has been advised to rest even longer.

"The surgeon seemed to think it would be more like three months," said Connolly. "I came back early last season when I had an ankle injury and I probably should have taken a bit longer.

"So when I come back this time I'll want to make sure I'm coming back 100 percent.

"With this sort of injury you have to immobilise the leg and just rest it and try to knit the ligament together.

"I've got a brace on my leg which is the tool for doing that, but things are going quite slowly at the moment."

Connolly is a key player for manager Stuart Murdoch, after the striker bagged a healthy 18 goals in 38 league matches for The Dons last season.

"Any time is a bad time to get injured, but I will deal with it. It's no big deal, life could be a lot worse and I'll be fine," added Connolly.

"Straight away I knew I'd done something to my knee.

"It was quite painful and unstable. But the medial knee ligament is quite a common injury in sports like football because of the amount of pressure put on it from twisting, turning and also tackling."