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MAGPIES: Damaged shoulder stops all-action Gleeson for a month
LITTLE keeps Jamie Gleeson from leading an active lifestyle but the shoulder injury the Magpies’ midfielder sustained last weekend has really knocked him for six.
Gleeson faces at least a month on the sidelines after damaging ligaments during Dor-chester’s narrow defeat by Concord Rangers.
With a very small range of movement in his left arm, a brisk walk is about the only exercise he can manage at the moment – something the fitness fanatic is finding hard to deal with.
And to make matters worse, the injury has come when his club need him most as they try to haul themselves off the bottom of the Skrill South table.
“I’ve torn a few ligaments and damaged something called the rotator cuff,” he said. “It will heal in time but at the moment I can only lift my arm up so far.
“I can’t really do much. I can hardly drive, I can’t work and it even hurts when I run – I think I’m going to invest in a sling.
“It’s very painful and it’s like your muscles are being torn every time you move your arm.
“I’m gutted. It is not just affecting my football but pretty much everything else, and you don’t realise how much you actually use your arms.
“And I’m someone who can’t sit down and watch television all day, I’m very active, but the only thing I can do for now is go for a walk.”
Gleeson admits that it was his foul on a Concord player that ultimately led to the incident which left him injured.
At the time he was doing his best to stop an attack but ended up in a crumpled heap on the ground and looking at four to six weeks out of action.
He added: “The most depressing thing is that I’m enjoying my football and want to be out there helping the team.
“This time last year all the luck was going our way but it’s the other way round at the start of this season.
“But the thing about this league is that if a couple of results go your way things can change very quickly.”
The long-serving Magpie, who also happens to be left-handed, has had to put his fledgling career as a barber on hold because of the injury.
Gleeson and his team-mates are in desperate need of a turnaround in fortunes having failed to pick up a league win so far this season.
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