Oxford United positive over Duberry comeback

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MICHAEL Duberry could make a surprise return for Oxford United in the next fortnight if scans reveal his neck injury has healed.

The 37-year-old went to hospital yesterday and it is believed the results, which are the final major hurdle in the defender’s recovery, could be confirmed today.

It would represent a rapid recovery for Duberry, who only went under the knife to correct a prolapsed disc in August.

The former Chelsea man returned to training several weeks ago, but has been unable to head the ball while awaiting to receive the all-clear.

United boss Chris Wilder has his fingers crossed for good news.

“The scan decides his future and we’re all confident and hopeful that it will be positive.,” he said.

“It would give Michael a big lift, just as it would me and the club because he’s popular and has been a big player for us.

“He could be two weeks away from playing, which is fantastic news.

“He’s been doing all the work – he took one to the head (on Wednesday) in a small-sided game, that was a little bit of a tester, but he felt all right with that.”

It would be a remarkable turnaround for Duberry, who had wondered in the summer whether he would have to retire.

The defender considered hanging up his boots to avoid surgery.

In August he told the Oxford Mail: “It scares me, someone opening up my neck, especially with the spine there and all the talk of (the risks of) paralysis.”

The decision was made for him, when he realised without the operation the symptoms would never go away. His condition was deteriorating – he was unable to do a press-up as he suffered from pins and needles down one arm.

Even the most optimistic estimates put Duberry’s return at after Christmas, so Wilder admitted it would be huge boost to potentially have him back this month.

“It would be unbelievable,” he said.

“When we spoke to him at the start of pre-season, when he had lost feeling in his hand, I think it was very much a 20/80 (chance of playing again).

“I’m sure there’s still loads of football left in Dubes – for next year as well.”

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11:54am Fri 9 Nov 12

Bigmanmo says...

Come on Dubes you can do it!!! We need you back old son.
Come on Dubes you can do it!!! We need you back old son. Bigmanmo

2:12pm Fri 9 Nov 12

BigOx22 says...

It will be amazing to get Duberry back so soon. Need him at the back again. Raynes wouldn't get a look in if Dubes if fit and playing well. Back 4 of Mullins, Davis, Wright and Dubes. Whingy can go back in midfield where he is 100% more affective. Prob going to lose JFC in January so will need Whingy back in the center.
It will be amazing to get Duberry back so soon. Need him at the back again. Raynes wouldn't get a look in if Dubes if fit and playing well. Back 4 of Mullins, Davis, Wright and Dubes. Whingy can go back in midfield where he is 100% more affective. Prob going to lose JFC in January so will need Whingy back in the center. BigOx22

4:08pm Fri 9 Nov 12

GRB says...

BigOx22 wrote:
It will be amazing to get Duberry back so soon. Need him at the back again. Raynes wouldn't get a look in if Dubes if fit and playing well. Back 4 of Mullins, Davis, Wright and Dubes. Whingy can go back in midfield where he is 100% more affective. Prob going to lose JFC in January so will need Whingy back in the center.
If you want to play that back four who would be your right back? Please don't say Mullins! Quality centre back but we saw he's no right back in the Vale game. Fish out of water springs to mind!
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: It will be amazing to get Duberry back so soon. Need him at the back again. Raynes wouldn't get a look in if Dubes if fit and playing well. Back 4 of Mullins, Davis, Wright and Dubes. Whingy can go back in midfield where he is 100% more affective. Prob going to lose JFC in January so will need Whingy back in the center.[/p][/quote]If you want to play that back four who would be your right back? Please don't say Mullins! Quality centre back but we saw he's no right back in the Vale game. Fish out of water springs to mind! GRB

9:44am Sat 10 Nov 12

A Scroat says...

From what I have seen the whole defence can't head a ball so one more would not matter.
From what I have seen the whole defence can't head a ball so one more would not matter. A Scroat

1:57pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Plz can u learn to put the ball in their net not ours like u always do
Plz can u learn to put the ball in their net not ours like u always do Beau champ mummy

2:00pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Does it not say how bad we have become when we want a37 year old has been back
Does it not say how bad we have become when we want a37 year old has been back Beau champ mummy

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