Dundalk striker David McMillan is set to undergo an MRI scan today (Tuesday) on the ankle injury he sustained in Friday night’s 2-0 win over UCD.
McMillan was introduced as a substitute for Patrick Hoban in the 82nd minute of the game but his involvement came to an end just four minutes later when he went down clutching his ankle in the 86th minute after a challenge with UCD defender Sean Coyne.
The 25-year-old was carried to the dressing rooms and left Belfield with his ankle heavily strapped up leading to fears that his season was over.
However speaking yesterday, the former Sligo Rovers man said that he was hoping to be back for the final four league games which starts with the trip to Athlone on Friday week.
“The injury isn’t as bad as it was on Friday night, “ he told The Dundalk Democrat.
“It was a really innocuous challenge,” he added. “I went up for a header and landed on the boot of the defender and went right over on the ankle.”
“The first thing that come into your head is negatives. It was extremely painful and I feared the worst but I’m hoping it is only slight damage to the ligaments. It swelled up really bad but it has settled down since. Hopefully I’ll know the full extent by Wednesday.”
Because of Shamrock Rovers’ involvement in Sunday’s FAI Cup semi-final, Dundalk’s next game isn’t until October 10 when they travel to the midlands to face Athlone.
“That’s a good thing for David,” said Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny.
“We will have to see what the scan reveals but it looks like it’s ankle ligaments he has injured. We will see how it affects him but the extra week will help him because there is no way he would have been fit to play if we had a game this Friday.”
Three wins from the final four games will ensure Dundalk the league title and Kenny said his players were firmly focussed on completing the job.
“We aren’t relying on anyone else. We are just making sure that we win our matches ourselves and that is what we have to keep going for the last four games. The players are are enjoying themselves and I want that to continue.”