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Cox thanks Orient fans following injury news

16 November 2015

Orient midfielder Dean Cox has thanked the fans for their support since news emerged of his cruciate knee ligament injury.

The 28-year-old picked up the injury during training last week, and scans revealed that he is likely to be out for around six months.

“Since I have been here they have been great and the messages that I have received do help,” Cox told

“A lot of people may think it doesn't help, but I see all the tweets on my commute to training and sometimes when you are a little down you go on to your social media and you do see the messages, some of which have been lovely.

“I can’t thank them enough. I have got another year left so I will still be here next year. Unfortunately I can’t be part of what I hope is going to be an up this season because that is what the club and fans deserve.”

The O’s are also without striker Paul McCallum, who picked up a similar injury in the Northampton Town game earlier in the season, and Cox admits it was nice to have someone to go who has been through a similar situation to what he is about to experience.

“Paul had the same injury and he’s a few months ahead of me, but I have had a few conversations with him about the operation itself," he added.

“I hope the operation will be at the end of the month. It could be sooner if I pass the protocol of what I have got to do. I will have to have a few days at home to recover and then I will look forward to the recovery and getting back out there.”

Cox had hoped the injury wasn’t as bad as first feared, and while he is not able to play a part out on the pitch he hopes his team-mates can deliver.

“I am gutted for not being able to help the team so it will be an experience as I have never been out for so long," he added.

“The results haven’t come of late that our performances have deserved, but hopefully they will start to come. I urge people to be patient with us. We have gone through a sticky spell and the boys know that and I understand the fans’ frustrations.

“We need to stick together and get through the other side and hopefully come Christmas, which is an important period with a lot of points up for grabs,  we can push on and get in the top three.”

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