Ogogo frustrated to be out for so long
15:00 25 January 2015
Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football Leagu
Daggers skippers reveals disappointment at injury and discusses midweek match against Concord Rangers
It has been a frustrating couple of months for Dagenham & Redbridge captain Abu Ogogo as he has watched his team struggle on the sidelines.
The 25-year-old has been out since suffering Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) damage on the side of his knee against AFC Wimbledon on November 15.
Wayne Burnett team have missed the presence of their skipper on the pitch and have dropped into the bottom two.
But the former Arsenal trainee is back to full fitness now and ready to help Daggers move away from the relegation places in League Two.
“It has been very frustrating watching the team and it has been eight weeks or nine weeks now,” said Ogogo.
“I have been sitting in the stands watching the team wanting to be out there and helping the team, but knowing I can’t was very frustrating.
“But I have just tried to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as I could.
“Before games I have been in the changing room with the boys and came in at half time and said what needs to be said and obviously after the game as well so I have still tried to still be involved.
“Our position is not down to a lack of effort – the team has been trying, but we are in the bottom two.
“Now I am back hopefully the gaffer will pick me as soon as he can and I can help the team out.”
Ogogo made his return to competitive football on Tuesday as he played 90 minutes during Daggers Essex Senior Cup defeat to Concord Rangers on penalties.
The Conference South outfit impressed throughout and deserved their 4-2 win on penalties – after Joe Widdowson and the captain had spot kicks stopped by Josh Vickers.
Whilst he was disappointed to have his penalty saved, getting through 90 minutes was the most important thing.
Ogogo added: “It was nice to get 90 minutes after about 80 I started to get tired, but was nice to be out there.
“I rolled my ankle about five minutes before the end of the game so I was struggling near the end and also I was a bit tired.
“But that is no excuse - it wasn’t the best penalty. I tried to go for power and I was actually thinking about taking it with my left foot because my ankle was hurting.
“I thought let me just try and hit it as hard as I can, but I didn’t connect with it as nice as I would have liked and it wasn’t really in the corner so I was disappointed, but pleasing to get 90 minutes under my belt.”