CAPTAIN LOOKS SET TO RETURN
Return will solve captain merry-go-round
Manager Tristan Lewis secured the services of the former Charlton, AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury defender in the summer, but his United career is yet to take off.
The 23-year-old arrived at the club carrying a knee injury but Lewis had hoped to get the powerful centre-back under the knife quickly to avoid disrupting the club’s start to the campaign.
A delay in receiving funding needed to carry out the operation has meant Mambo has had to wait until the beginning of September before getting his date with the doctor.
United have struggled with injuries in his absence and have gone through skippers like west London neighbours Chelsea have gone through managers in recent years.
Mabo was joined on the treatment table by Adam Everitt and Ben Gerring before Lewis Ferrell and Devante McKain also tried on the armband for size to make it a quintet of captains already.
All of that uncertainty and instability means boss Lewis cannot wait to have one of his bigg biggest summer sign signings available for sel selection again.
He said: “Yado has had to have a small ope operation and he’ll be out for around thr three weeks now.
““He came to us wi with a knee problem an and he’d already had sca scans and things bu but it has just taken so long to get the op operation arranged be because the PFA de delayed payment o on it.
he had a little problem.problem The idea was he was going to get the operation done quickly, but it has taken longer than we expected.
“We lack a little bit of leadership on the pitch without him. I’m not trying to make excuses, but when you look at the injury list you’ll see that we’ve had three captains out.
“Yads is a born leader of men. When all the big hitters are back then things will turn for us. We’ve got to keep believing it.
“We need to get some consistency but we haven’t even been able to name a team consistently due to injuries so far.”
Meanwhile, new-boy Brendan Kiernan made his debut in Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Basingstoke.
Hayes & Yeading followed that result with a 2-1 defeat to landlords Maidenhead on Bank Holiday Monday with another ex-AFC Wimbledon man, Charlie Strutton, joining the club.
n CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: (Above) Yado Mambo is ready to go under the knife; (left, top) Hayes & Yeading celebrate the second goal against Basingstoke; (left, bottom) Brendan Kiernan (right) has signed for United Saturday’s photo by Les Williams www.buyaphototms.co.uk BE155216