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Relieved Dummigan declares himself fit and ready to go

First Team News
// 7 Sep 2020

Just four weeks after his season looked to be over, Cameron Dummigan is hoping to force his way into Filippo Giovagnoli’s plans for this Friday night’s televised league encounter with Shelbourne at Oriel Park. 

After spending the first six months of the year on loan at Danske Bank NIFL Premiership side Crusaders, the Lurgan native made his first start of the campaign in the FAI Cup tie with Waterford on August 11th.

Disaster struck in the 43rd minute, however, when the full-back went down in a heap and after receiving lengthy treatment, he was taken away from Oriel Park in an ambulance. 

An overnight stay in the Lourdes Hospital followed but after a couple of scans, the 24-year-old returned home mightily relieved that there was no major damage and after a couple of weeks on the treatment table, the former Oldham Athletic man told dundalkfc.com that he was fully fit and raring to go.   

“I’m delighted to be back because the injury came at a really bad time. I was obviously away on loan and when I came back in with the lads I had a good feeling but then, all of a sudden, I found myself back in the treatment room which is not a good place to be.

“I was delighted when the results of the scan came in because I thought right away that it was a bad injury,” he said. “The swelling went straight up, and that’s what the physios thought as well. 

Cameron Dummigan is carried off in Dundalk’s 1-0 win over Waterford in August. Picture: Ciaran Culligan

“Thankfully it was nothing too serious and I’m back a lot quicker than expected. Considering how long we were looking at initially, to how long I was actually out…I’m delighted, to be honest.”

A lot has changed since Dummigan’s last appearance. Nine days after that 1-0 win over Waterford, Vinny Perth’s tenure at Oriel Park came to an end but the former Northern Ireland U21 star said the players had to remain focussed on the job at hand.

“There’s obviously new faces in but we just have to get on with it,” he said. “As players, you just have to take everything the new coaches say on board and do our very best to start winning games.

“Filippo has to pick a team each week and we’ll have to respect his choice but everyone is out to prove a point now. He has come in and defensively he has taken us in as a group which has been good.

“We just need to look at each game on their own now,” he added. “I think we all would have liked to have played Derry City last Friday but it’s given us a chance to do some extra work on the training ground and we’re all looking forward to getting back out there against Shels now.”