United boss Paul Simpson confirmed this week that midfielder Josh Dixon will undergo surgery at the end of this month for reconstruction of an ACL injury picked up during the Central League Cup meeting with Morecambe at Frenchfield Park in the middle of April.
“He goes in for surgery on the 24th of this month, I think it is,” he said. “That will be the start of it in terms of him getting back from it.
“He’s in a good place. He’s obviously become hardened to this situation with his two previous ones.
“He’s got a few months of tough stuff to come where he’s going to be in a lot of pain, but it’s incredible the difference I’ve seen in Joel Senior, from the first day I arrived in here to seeing him on Monday, he’s like a different bloke.
“He’s got the colour back in his face, he’s moving better, he's enjoying being in the club, which when you know you’re that far away from getting back fit, that’s really difficult.
“He’s closer, on my calendar I’ve got him hopefully returning in October of this year.”
“Josh is a little bit longer, and we’re looking at February 2023,” he added. “It’s a long challenging road ahead, and what I said to them both on Monday is thankfully I haven’t been in their situation, but I understand the challenge they’re going to have.
“If there’s anything at all, physically, emotionally, psychologically, the mental side, that they need help on, they have to come and talk to me, don’t let it fester inside.
“Come and speak to me and we will do everything we can to make sure they’re in a good place and can go and do the work they need to do.”