Millwall left back feared knee injury would end his season

© Brian Tonks
© Brian Tonks

SCOTT Malone was convinced his season was over after injuring his knee against Burnley last weekend.

Millwall feared the left back, who hobbled off just seven minutes into the 2-2 draw at The Den, had damaged ligaments during an innocuous-looking tangle of legs.

But scans confirmed Malone has instead suffered heavy bone bruising, which is likely to keep him out for around a month.



"I thought my season was over and that this would be a long-term injury," the defender said. "I went straight down the tunnel and into the physio room.

"I've never had to come off in a game before so I was feeling pretty lonely. I was sitting there on my own with all sorts of things running through my head.

"It swelled up immediately which was quite worrying so they put me in a protective boot and on crutches until my scan. I went in on Monday morning, still quite swollen and sore – so much so that Bobby Bacic, the physio, couldn't actually test it at first.



"It took about two hours for the scan results to come back and thankfully everything was all clear. I've taken an almighty whack to my knee and there is a lot of bruising, but I think I've got away very, very lightly."

Malone added: "It was early in the game and I wanted to get tight to my man just to show him that I was capable of beating him. He's shown me a lot of the ball and at the time I thought if I could nick it off him and get away from him, we could have gone 1-0 up.

"I got my stud caught in his boot and I couldn't get it out. I fell and all of my weight went through my knee. As soon as I did it, I looked at my leg and thought, 'where is my kneecap?'

"I thought I'd broken something and that my ankle had gone as well. The sensation in my leg came back when I eventually went onto the pitch, but I couldn't walk on it so the best thing was to come off."

Manager Steve Lomas admitted he was relieved to hear that the injury was not as serious as first thought. He said: "We were very concerned so naturally we were delighted.

"The continuity of our team selection has been continually upset this season and Scott was finally getting a bit of rhythm going, but we've just got to get over it.

"The last thing we wanted was a long-term injury but it's just very frustrating for me that I cannot name the same team from one week to the next."

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19 thoughts on “Millwall left back feared knee injury would end his season

  • November 7, 2013 at 08:05
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    Phew

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  • November 7, 2013 at 08:08
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    Fank Gawd!

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  • November 7, 2013 at 09:14
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    TOUCH.
    Cant wait to see you back.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 09:56
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    Good luck.
    Get back soon and you'll be a very fine left back for Millwall for a long time.

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    • November 7, 2013 at 11:42
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      @NICKOLA:I don't think he'll be with us for long if he carries on playing like he has. Knowing our lot we'll sell him to Forest or worse Palarse for peanuts.

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        • November 7, 2013 at 12:11
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          @NICKOLA: I hope you're right Nick, I really do.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 09:56
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    Get well soon and dont be rushed back to quick

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  • November 7, 2013 at 10:59
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    Was well pleased he started to get a run of games and show why we got him from ballmouth

    His confidence has grown and is really starting to look the full ticket. Rehab well and come back stronger and then we will really see the best of him

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  • November 7, 2013 at 12:40
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    At least he looks comfortable on the ball, unlike every other FB we have in the club, so get fit soon and we will welcome you back with open arms. I do hope Hoyte proves a success, but according to Borough fans, he is s****. We'll see. COYL

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  • November 7, 2013 at 13:10
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    Luck could be changing ?

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  • November 7, 2013 at 16:54
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    Get yourself fit , help us finish mid table and pick your player of the season award up ! Job done.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 18:33
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    Get well soon, Scott. Even if you didn't play again, you'd still be my player of the season

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  • November 7, 2013 at 20:38
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    Bloody typical just as we start looking a better side and after one of his best displays this season he gets injured. Good luck Malone get back soon.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 21:12
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    Good news - especially as this includes the International break.

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  • November 8, 2013 at 08:55
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    More good news-
    Stephen Hunt has signed for Ipswich.

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  • November 8, 2013 at 08:57
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    Good to hear that you're not going to be out too long!

    On another note, I've been reading a wiki page about MFC. Interesting to note the following!

    Based on all results during the club's 86 seasons in the Football League from 1920–21 to 2012–13, Millwall are ranked as the fortieth most successful club in English football. See the full article here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millwall_F.C.

    Basically this means that our AVERAGE finish position is ... where we finished last season - 20th (in The Championship, seeing as there are 20 teams in the Premier League).

    So come on boys - as Brucie would say ... Higher, higher 🙂

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