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Cambridge United striker Jabo Ibehre ruled out with long-term 'freak' injury




Jabo Ibehre is set to be sidelined for a long spell for Cambridge United. Picture: Rich Marsham
Jabo Ibehre is set to be sidelined for a long spell for Cambridge United. Picture: Rich Marsham

Jabo Ibehre is set for a long spell on the sidelines at Cambridge United after sustaining a knee injury.

The striker suffered a cut in a development match last week, and it has led to further complications which has required surgery to a tendon in his knee.

“Jabo is in quite a bad way actually, and had to have an operation,” said U’s head coach Colin Calderwood.

“He sustained a cut to his knee and the cut in his knee has now had an infection and they had to remove a particle out of his knee.

“It’s a major operation in all honesty, and it will be a considerable time before we see him.”

It is a second ‘freak’ injury for United this season.

Gary Deegan suffered blood poisoning in pre-season and required three operations to overcome the condition. He is on a long road to recovery.

On the problems faced by Deegan and Ibehre, Calderwood said: “It’s quite strange. Any of the hamstrings, like Samir’s [Carrthuers' injury], or Liam O’Neil’s situation with his back/pelvis, I think they are pretty normal, but Gary’s and Jabo’s are quite unusual.

“Both are extremely serious and really well dealt with by the medical staff.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how good that is, it will be a considerable time before we see Jabo again.

“There is a lot of healing to happen to begin with.”

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