Date: 25th March 2014 at 8:54pm
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Dagenham and Redbridge announced ahead of our game tonight against Accrington Stanley, that Zavon Hines had undergone surgery and would not be available for the remainder of the season.

The player has struggled of late in training and last played in our loss to Plymouth Argyle back near the end of February and the decision was taken to send him for another scan in order to try and diagnose the problem, and a further scan has revealed damage to his anterior cruciate ligament.

The surgery to correct the problem took place last Saturday and although all went well during the operation the player does now face a lay off of between six at best, to nine at worst months out of the game as he recovers fully.

Whether it will prove to be a blessing or a curse, Hines has experienced this injury previously but in his other knee whilst he was with West Ham United, so not only does he know how difficult a time it will be, he will also have previous experience to draw on which may help him recover slightly more towards the six month mark than the nine month mark as he knows what to do and so on.

This is something that our physio John Gowans believes will aide him as he told the Official Site.

‘He’s been through this before, so knows the routine and procedure in regards to recovery. Psychologically he will be in a stronger position than someone who hasn’t had this type of injury and he’s also ready for what’s ahead. Zavon is a positive person and I’m sure he will make a full recovery and I am also sure that he will be back soon.’

It’s a huge blow to both Dagenham and the 25 year old himself and everyone will wish him a speedy recovery.

Since joining us back in August of 2013, he has gone on to make 31 appearances for us, scoring eight times across all competitions.