Oxford United goalkeeper vows to come back stronger

Oxford Mail: Ryan Clarke Ryan Clarke

RYAN Clarke says he will be an even better goalkeeper when he returns to Oxford United’s first team.

The 30-year-old goes under the knife in Manchester today for the first of two operations on his shoulders.

The surgery will rule Clarke out for the rest of the season, but the U’s No 1 says that it is something that has to be done.

The former Bristol Rovers stopper has been playing with pain for more than two months, but the time came when he could carry on no more.

“As a goalkeeper, you always have niggles in your shoulders and you just get used to it,” he said.

“But I can remember playing at Cheltenham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and I came for a cross, caught it and fell into a load of mud, but shoulder first.

“I remember thinking ‘oh, I might have done something here’, but just got on with it – that’s me.

“I have played for Oxford with dislocated fingers and other problems before, it’s just something you do.”

He added: “I haven’t been able to do everything in training for a while, but it hadn’t affected me in games and the team were doing well so I just carried on.

“I could have gone in and got it done earlier, but wanted to keep playing.

“But I said all along that as soon as it became an issue in matches, I had to sort it.

“And the Southend game in the JPT a week or so ago, made me realise something had to be done.

“It wasn’t so much the penalties they scored, but a couple of their goals I know that if I was 100 per cent and on my game, they don’t go in.

“So we made the decision between my-self and the management to get it sorted.”

Clarke will have his left shoulder operated on first, and then must wait for six weeks before having the other done.

It means there is no chance of him playing again this season.

“It will be a real grind, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “But I look at somebody like Dubes (Michael Duberry) as a bit of an inspiration.

“For him to have come back from what he had done (neck surgery) is just great and gives you real encouragement.

“There’s no doubt I will come back stronger though.

“I have had injuries before and I have always aimed to come back a better keeper after them and I have done.

“And I know that will be the case this time too.”

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12:58pm Mon 21 Jan 13

davecuddoufc says...

Good luck to you, Ryan, lad.
Good luck to you, Ryan, lad. davecuddoufc

3:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

www.oxford.vitalfootball.co.uk says...

He needed to have the operation as it was evident that his form had dipped this season. A 100% Ryan Clarke is worth a few points a season.

Best of luck on your road to recovery.
He needed to have the operation as it was evident that his form had dipped this season. A 100% Ryan Clarke is worth a few points a season. Best of luck on your road to recovery. www.oxford.vitalfootball.co.uk

8:32pm Mon 21 Jan 13

35 year fan says...

good man ryan we know you'll be strong and be patient, best years are still ahead.
good man ryan we know you'll be strong and be patient, best years are still ahead. 35 year fan

1:36pm Tue 22 Jan 13

LeGod says...

Perhaps this might shut you lot up:
Read below all the garbage you lot and others have been coming out with recently.


Breaking news SWINDON TOWN: Town receive apology from Football League Paper
1:21pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 in News

Town receive apology from Football League Paper SWINDON Town have released a statement in which they reveal they have accepted an apology from the Football League Paper regarding an article published on Sunday.

The piece, by staff writer Chris Dunlavy, suggested the club committed "financial doping" and "virtually cheated" their way to the League Two title last season.

Town also confirm that the Football League Paper will pay damages.

The statement read: "Swindon Town Football Club have today accepted the following apology from the Football League Paper following the article which appeared on Sunday 20th January.

A letter was issued to the paper on Monday, demanding a retraction of the article, allied to an unreserved apology and a request for damages. All of these have been agreed to by the Football League Paper."

Swindon also made public the apology sent by Mr Dunlavy, which reads: "Dear Sirs, I am writing to offer my unreserved apologies for my article in the Football League Paper on Sunday 20 January under the headline 'Swindon Town: The 'cheats' who really prospered'.

It has been made abundantly clear to me by Swindon supporters that I have made a grave misrepresentation.

Swindon Town's debt is owned 98 per cent by Andrew Black, the owner of the club, so no-one has 'gone unpaid' as I wrongly suggested.

My intention had been to raise the wider issue of insolvency and debt in football, and more precisely the need for clubs to move towards self-sustainability.

I saw Sir William Patey's reported comments about administration and used this as the basis for my comments.

I chose the wrong target and for that I am genuinely sorry.

Chris Dunlavy"

Football League Paper editor in chief, David Emery said: "Chris Dunlavy is a fine young journalist who on this occasion allowed his crusading instincts to obscure the true facts. It is a harsh lesson.




"Another regret of this unhappy episode is that, until now, Chris had always enjoyed good relations with Swindon and found the club to be both helpful and accommodating."
Perhaps this might shut you lot up: Read below all the garbage you lot and others have been coming out with recently. Breaking news SWINDON TOWN: Town receive apology from Football League Paper 1:21pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 in News Town receive apology from Football League Paper SWINDON Town have released a statement in which they reveal they have accepted an apology from the Football League Paper regarding an article published on Sunday. The piece, by staff writer Chris Dunlavy, suggested the club committed "financial doping" and "virtually cheated" their way to the League Two title last season. Town also confirm that the Football League Paper will pay damages. The statement read: "Swindon Town Football Club have today accepted the following apology from the Football League Paper following the article which appeared on Sunday 20th January. A letter was issued to the paper on Monday, demanding a retraction of the article, allied to an unreserved apology and a request for damages. All of these have been agreed to by the Football League Paper." Swindon also made public the apology sent by Mr Dunlavy, which reads: "Dear Sirs, I am writing to offer my unreserved apologies for my article in the Football League Paper on Sunday 20 January under the headline 'Swindon Town: The 'cheats' who really prospered'. It has been made abundantly clear to me by Swindon supporters that I have made a grave misrepresentation. Swindon Town's debt is owned 98 per cent by Andrew Black, the owner of the club, so no-one has 'gone unpaid' as I wrongly suggested. My intention had been to raise the wider issue of insolvency and debt in football, and more precisely the need for clubs to move towards self-sustainability. I saw Sir William Patey's reported comments about administration and used this as the basis for my comments. I chose the wrong target and for that I am genuinely sorry. Chris Dunlavy" Football League Paper editor in chief, David Emery said: "Chris Dunlavy is a fine young journalist who on this occasion allowed his crusading instincts to obscure the true facts. It is a harsh lesson. "Another regret of this unhappy episode is that, until now, Chris had always enjoyed good relations with Swindon and found the club to be both helpful and accommodating." LeGod

1:38pm Tue 22 Jan 13

LeGod says...

Guess where Dunlavy is from YES POXFORD so no surprise there.
Guess where Dunlavy is from YES POXFORD so no surprise there. LeGod

9:52pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

Quote ...'I chose the wrong target and for that I am genuinely sorry.'

No sh!t Sherlock - bet you think and check your facts Dunlavy before you do anything like that again....

The natives here thought they had some ammo ... then it melted away like a snowball in their hands.
Quote ...'I chose the wrong target and for that I am genuinely sorry.' No sh!t Sherlock - bet you think and check your facts Dunlavy before you do anything like that again.... The natives here thought they had some ammo ... then it melted away like a snowball in their hands. Chish and Fips

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