Re­turn will solve cap­tain merry-go-round

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

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.

“We knew

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.buyapho­ BE155216

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