Blow for Oxford United as Leven undergoes operation

Peter Leven will have an operation on his right knee today

Peter Leven will have an operation on his right knee today

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

PETER Leven will have knee surgery today which will rule the Oxford United star out until the final month of the season.

Scans were taken yesterday and the specialist advised an operation was the only realistic option for the midfielder’s right knee.

The keyhole procedure, known as an arthroscopy, is due to take place at the Cromwell Hospital in west London.

It takes eight weeks to recover fully, which would keep Leven on the sidelines until early April – when the U’s will have only a handful of league games left.

Often players can return to fitness faster than expected, but U’s physio Andy Lord explained it was unlikely with this type of injury.

He said: “The doctors don’t like people coming back before eight weeks.

“You have to allow it to heal and then build the strength of the joint up, or it will just swell up again.”

United’s season has been plagued by injuries to key players and this is a huge blow to both the player and the side.

Manager Chris Wilder described the 29-year-old in November as “arguably the best player in League Two” when fully fit.

But the Scot has rarely been 100 per cent in this entire campaign, following surgery for shoulder and knee problems in the summer.

He missed the first month of the season and the U’s have been managing the injury virtually ever since.

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9:18am Wed 6 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

So much for Lenegen spending all this money on a fitness regime from Wigan, more seem to fall by the wayside every week.

Heslop in, dear god no.
So much for Lenegen spending all this money on a fitness regime from Wigan, more seem to fall by the wayside every week. Heslop in, dear god no. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 1

9:42am Wed 6 Feb 13

GRB says...

Oh no, here we go again! What the hell has been going on for the past 18 months!?!? Do we actually do Rugby League tackling in training?

I'm really beginning to think there's some truth that the pre-season trips to the US and playing and training on 3G pitches has done us no good.
Oh no, here we go again! What the hell has been going on for the past 18 months!?!? Do we actually do Rugby League tackling in training? I'm really beginning to think there's some truth that the pre-season trips to the US and playing and training on 3G pitches has done us no good. GRB
  • Score: 1

10:17am Wed 6 Feb 13

The Black Prince was off-side says...

There is a pattern here and it is about the historic injury records of players such as Pittman Capaldi Davis and Leven before they were signed, not what has happened since. You then have to ask who was in charge and pushed through these signings.
There is a pattern here and it is about the historic injury records of players such as Pittman Capaldi Davis and Leven before they were signed, not what has happened since. You then have to ask who was in charge and pushed through these signings. The Black Prince was off-side
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10:18am Wed 6 Feb 13

The Black Prince was off-side says...

There is a pattern here and it is about the historic injury records of players such as Pittman Capaldi Davis and Leven before they were signed, not what has happened since. You then have to ask who was in charge and pushed through these signings.
There is a pattern here and it is about the historic injury records of players such as Pittman Capaldi Davis and Leven before they were signed, not what has happened since. You then have to ask who was in charge and pushed through these signings. The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 0

11:25am Wed 6 Feb 13

LeGod says...

i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend.

Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him.

OUFC going nowhere fast.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW

I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend. Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him. OUFC going nowhere fast. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW LeGod
  • Score: 0

12:22pm Wed 6 Feb 13

AylesburyOx says...

LeGod wrote:
i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend. Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him. OUFC going nowhere fast. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
Says the 'man' posting on the Oxford Mail website.

All I can say regarding Leven is here comes the injury excuses again from Wilder!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend. Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him. OUFC going nowhere fast. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW[/p][/quote]Says the 'man' posting on the Oxford Mail website. All I can say regarding Leven is here comes the injury excuses again from Wilder! AylesburyOx
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Wed 6 Feb 13

bigchet says...

le god has surfaced once again as usual when stfc have a good result and we dont. i agree with him on this occasion that we are a poor side, as we have struggled to beat them the last four times weve met.
le god has surfaced once again as usual when stfc have a good result and we dont. i agree with him on this occasion that we are a poor side, as we have struggled to beat them the last four times weve met. bigchet
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Doctor69 says...

LeGod wrote:
i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend.

Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him.

OUFC going nowhere fast.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW

I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
Pot, Kettle!?!

Still cant beat us tho can you, eh scummer?!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend. Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him. OUFC going nowhere fast. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW[/p][/quote]Pot, Kettle!?! Still cant beat us tho can you, eh scummer?! Doctor69
  • Score: 0

2:59pm Wed 6 Feb 13

davecuddoufc says...

The Black Prince was off-side wrote:
There is a pattern here and it is about the historic injury records of players such as Pittman Capaldi Davis and Leven before they were signed, not what has happened since. You then have to ask who was in charge and pushed through these signings.
Absolutely what I've been saying, all along.............
[quote][p][bold]The Black Prince was off-side[/bold] wrote: There is a pattern here and it is about the historic injury records of players such as Pittman Capaldi Davis and Leven before they were signed, not what has happened since. You then have to ask who was in charge and pushed through these signings.[/p][/quote]Absolutely what I've been saying, all along............. davecuddoufc
  • Score: 1

4:07pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Beau champ mummy says...

No loss don't rate him anyway
No loss don't rate him anyway Beau champ mummy
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Wed 6 Feb 13

oldun says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
So much for Lenegen spending all this money on a fitness regime from Wigan, more seem to fall by the wayside every week.

Heslop in, dear god no.
Hesflop - ugggh!
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: So much for Lenegen spending all this money on a fitness regime from Wigan, more seem to fall by the wayside every week. Heslop in, dear god no.[/p][/quote]Hesflop - ugggh! oldun
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Wed 6 Feb 13

oldun says...

Great result for Swindon - I am very very envious of their league position - but for them, as with the non promotion around 1990 , it will all end in tears. You must have heard the new whispers
Great result for Swindon - I am very very envious of their league position - but for them, as with the non promotion around 1990 , it will all end in tears. You must have heard the new whispers oldun
  • Score: 0

6:26pm Wed 6 Feb 13

jayden says...

LeGod wrote:
i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend.

Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him.

OUFC going nowhere fast.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW

I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC.

FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW
Thought you said you never post on here .
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: i see you lost to the Swindon reserves last saturday at Southend. Him being injured wont make any difference as you are still a poor team with or without him. OUFC going nowhere fast. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW I see on your forum you still have more topics on us as a club than your own club. Your obsession with us is nice but it goes to prove the jealousy of you lot regarding STFC. FOREVER IN OUR SHADOW[/p][/quote]Thought you said you never post on here . jayden
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

Just watching the Englsnd v Brazil game on ITV and I make two observations. 1. They will never match the BBC for quality presentation and commentary. 2. The standard of Football played by OU is not bad at all, for all the millionaires on display the overall play is not brilliant and the finishing certainly doesn't put OU to shame. I still don't believe the play offs are a probability BUT there is usually more commitment and passion in an OU match than on display tonight.
Just watching the Englsnd v Brazil game on ITV and I make two observations. 1. They will never match the BBC for quality presentation and commentary. 2. The standard of Football played by OU is not bad at all, for all the millionaires on display the overall play is not brilliant and the finishing certainly doesn't put OU to shame. I still don't believe the play offs are a probability BUT there is usually more commitment and passion in an OU match than on display tonight. Richard Wickson
  • Score: -1

9:36pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Richard Wickson says...

Ps. Leven injury is a blow but maybe just maybe things aren't so bleak, get shot of lenaghan and reinstate Kelvyn, win the Euromillions and buy out Kassam and the future could be bright, if only it was so easy, but I can dream.
Ps. Leven injury is a blow but maybe just maybe things aren't so bleak, get shot of lenaghan and reinstate Kelvyn, win the Euromillions and buy out Kassam and the future could be bright, if only it was so easy, but I can dream. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

7:20am Thu 7 Feb 13

hawkeye1 says...

now wouldn't that be a dream, to win the Euro millions, buy the ground from old scrooge, build the 4th stand, get that cursed name " Kassam " off of all the street signs and the buildings, re name it The New Manor ( as eventually the New part would be dropped, inside the new 4 th stand would be an Oxford United supporters club, then the road that runs in front of the bowling place could be named London Road East, that way the 4 th stand would become the London road end, and so history would have repeated itself, ooop's, I just fell out of bed, didn't realize I was only dreaming.
now wouldn't that be a dream, to win the Euro millions, buy the ground from old scrooge, build the 4th stand, get that cursed name " Kassam " off of all the street signs and the buildings, re name it The New Manor ( as eventually the New part would be dropped, inside the new 4 th stand would be an Oxford United supporters club, then the road that runs in front of the bowling place could be named London Road East, that way the 4 th stand would become the London road end, and so history would have repeated itself, ooop's, I just fell out of bed, didn't realize I was only dreaming. hawkeye1
  • Score: 2

8:15am Thu 7 Feb 13

AylesburyOx says...

hawkeye1 wrote:
now wouldn't that be a dream, to win the Euro millions, buy the ground from old scrooge, build the 4th stand, get that cursed name " Kassam " off of all the street signs and the buildings, re name it The New Manor ( as eventually the New part would be dropped, inside the new 4 th stand would be an Oxford United supporters club, then the road that runs in front of the bowling place could be named London Road East, that way the 4 th stand would become the London road end, and so history would have repeated itself, ooop's, I just fell out of bed, didn't realize I was only dreaming.
I often have that dream - win the Euros buy the club and the ground, build the 4th stand plus fill in the corners. Start a proper youth academy and develop the best young players in the county. Hire professional coaches and scouts. Drop ticket prices and sell out every game so 20k people can watch OUFC climb from middling league 2 to Premier League glory...

Then I wake up, put on my pants and go to work :-(
[quote][p][bold]hawkeye1[/bold] wrote: now wouldn't that be a dream, to win the Euro millions, buy the ground from old scrooge, build the 4th stand, get that cursed name " Kassam " off of all the street signs and the buildings, re name it The New Manor ( as eventually the New part would be dropped, inside the new 4 th stand would be an Oxford United supporters club, then the road that runs in front of the bowling place could be named London Road East, that way the 4 th stand would become the London road end, and so history would have repeated itself, ooop's, I just fell out of bed, didn't realize I was only dreaming.[/p][/quote]I often have that dream - win the Euros buy the club and the ground, build the 4th stand plus fill in the corners. Start a proper youth academy and develop the best young players in the county. Hire professional coaches and scouts. Drop ticket prices and sell out every game so 20k people can watch OUFC climb from middling league 2 to Premier League glory... Then I wake up, put on my pants and go to work :-( AylesburyOx
  • Score: 3

9:17am Thu 7 Feb 13

A Scroat says...

AylesburyOx wrote:
hawkeye1 wrote:
now wouldn't that be a dream, to win the Euro millions, buy the ground from old scrooge, build the 4th stand, get that cursed name " Kassam " off of all the street signs and the buildings, re name it The New Manor ( as eventually the New part would be dropped, inside the new 4 th stand would be an Oxford United supporters club, then the road that runs in front of the bowling place could be named London Road East, that way the 4 th stand would become the London road end, and so history would have repeated itself, ooop's, I just fell out of bed, didn't realize I was only dreaming.
I often have that dream - win the Euros buy the club and the ground, build the 4th stand plus fill in the corners. Start a proper youth academy and develop the best young players in the county. Hire professional coaches and scouts. Drop ticket prices and sell out every game so 20k people can watch OUFC climb from middling league 2 to Premier League glory...

Then I wake up, put on my pants and go to work :-(
LeGod puts his pants on his head before he goes off licking windows and chewing crayons.
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hawkeye1[/bold] wrote: now wouldn't that be a dream, to win the Euro millions, buy the ground from old scrooge, build the 4th stand, get that cursed name " Kassam " off of all the street signs and the buildings, re name it The New Manor ( as eventually the New part would be dropped, inside the new 4 th stand would be an Oxford United supporters club, then the road that runs in front of the bowling place could be named London Road East, that way the 4 th stand would become the London road end, and so history would have repeated itself, ooop's, I just fell out of bed, didn't realize I was only dreaming.[/p][/quote]I often have that dream - win the Euros buy the club and the ground, build the 4th stand plus fill in the corners. Start a proper youth academy and develop the best young players in the county. Hire professional coaches and scouts. Drop ticket prices and sell out every game so 20k people can watch OUFC climb from middling league 2 to Premier League glory... Then I wake up, put on my pants and go to work :-([/p][/quote]LeGod puts his pants on his head before he goes off licking windows and chewing crayons. A Scroat
  • Score: 5

7:28pm Thu 7 Feb 13

learned says...

Why does this Swindon idiot LeGod ...( talk about bigging yourself up !!...)continue to write about Oxford utd on this website.
Go and find another site where you can post you pathetic drivel...
And have discussions with your Scumdon mates about that Fascist idiot as well...
Why does this Swindon idiot LeGod ...( talk about bigging yourself up !!...)continue to write about Oxford utd on this website. Go and find another site where you can post you pathetic drivel... And have discussions with your Scumdon mates about that Fascist idiot as well... learned
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