Oli: I feared the worst after injury

Dennis Oli thought he'd broken his leg against Cheltenham

Dennis Oli thought he'd broken his leg against Cheltenham

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DENNIS Oli feared his leg was broken after being left unable to walk by an innocuous challenge.

The big striker left the Adams Park pitch on a stretcher after coming off worst in the aerial duel against Cheltenham back in September.

It turned out to be ankle ligament damage and two months later he's back in the side and keen to make up for lost time.

Oli said: "I didn't think I'd be back in so quick. The injuries [to other players] helped me get back in but I'm buzzing about being back in."

Recalling his injury, the 28-year-old said: "I went up for a header, flicked it and gone up for it again. I've landed off balance and the defender had his arm over my shoulder. I've come down on my left foot with my weight and his weight and it turned in.

"I heard a little clicking sound and I felt the pain shoot straight up my knee, and I knew I'd done something bad straight away. I tried to get up and carry on but I couldn't even walk.

"I thought it was worse than it was. Luckily there was no break, it was ligaments. It was the best it could have been.

"I was thinking that's just my luck - I've got fit and I'm playing and this happens. I did fear the worst."

Oli was playing on the right that day but has been handed a striker's role by Gareth Ainsworth - a position he's relishing.

He said: "I will do a good job on the wing but I think I'll do much better up front with my build and how physical I am. My body's gone into a striker's role rather than a winger's role - I'll leave that for Joel and Bruno to run.

"In my younger days I was a lot smaller and a lot slimmer. I filled out as I got older - I call it man weight.

"I never really had that opportunity up front and I always believed when I did and had a good run of games I'd score goals and create chances for my team mates."

Asked if he's the man to score the goals to get Blues out of trouble, Oli said: "I'm one of the men. There's a few of us.

"The way I play I will get goals and I will also help the team create more goals as well with my physical presence. Collectively we'll get enough goals as a team to push up the league."

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