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Deji aims to come back stronger to help survival bid

Captain plans to get foot injury right before return

25 February 2019

Deji Oshilaja has revealed that he’s been battling through the pain barrier to help the team in recent months.

Our captain is aiming to get back on the pitch soon in an effort to boost Wimbledon’s survival hopes with a decision having been taken to try and put right the foot injury that has dogged him since the end of November.

“It’s been an ongoing injury, I did it at Peterborough earlier this season,” said Deji. “I was taking a lot of painkillers so that I could play, but it wasn’t really getting any better. Now I’m thinking that I need to get it right because being injured is not going to benefit anyone. We’ve got some quality players that are stepping in at the moment, so hopefully they can do a good job. Will has been excellent and everyone that has come in has been excellent as well.

 “From the first time when I came here on loan, I built up a good rapport with the fans, and the staff were excellent with me from when I was a young boy. The club is very close to my heart, but I need to get the injury right. I want to try and get back to the best of my ability and help the club to stay up, which is the most important thing.  I’m going to try to get my injury right and come back stronger.”

Deji added that a fit-again James Hanson can be a big positive during the remainder of the season and he believes that 19-year-old defender Paul Kalambayi deserve another chance to impress.

“James is a proven goalscorer in this league and to have him back is going to be a big boost for us,” said Deji. “I think Paul did excellent for us when he came in before and he conducted himself really well. Paul will want to show that he can cope at this level again.”

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