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George Purcell escapes an operation

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: March 23, 2013

SHORT-TERM: George Purcell will only be on the sidelines for two weeks

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IN SOME ways Margate striker George Purcell has been very lucky with his ankle injury.

But in other ways he has been extremely unlucky.

The forward hobbled off in the first half of the 0-0 draw with Hendon on March 2 and it was feared that he had ruptured ligaments in his right ankle.

However, that is not the case, there is only a tear, meaning that he will not need an operation.

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All that is required is rest and recuperation and he should be back on the field in two weeks' time. He has been unlucky in that it is a rare injury, but it is the second time he has done it, having actually ruptured the ligaments in his left ankle in 2010. He said: "If I don't move it, it should be fine in two weeks, so it's good news that it's not ruptured.

"But this is only the second injury I have had [in my career] and the other one was exactly the same but in my left foot when I was at York. I was running away from a player and got my ankle tapped and I ruptured it and had to have an operation and I was out for seven months. The specialist I saw said they were rare injuries and I have done it to both ankles now.

"When I explained what had happened and he said it was rare I said 'you won't believe this but I have done it in my other foot as well'."

Purcell had scored three times in two games after joining the Ryman League Premier Division play-off chasers and the Margate fans will be hoping to see him back in action sooner rather than later.

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