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Oct 26, 2009   |  8:11PM AET

Maciejewski confident of return despite knock

Maciejewski confident of return despite knock

Midfielder Cian Maciejewski is confident of returning to action this weekend against the Central Coast Mariners despite suffering a Grade 2 tear in two ankle ligaments in Canberra United’s first win of the season.

Midfielder Cian Maciejewski is confident of returning to action this weekend against the Central Coast Mariners despite suffering a Grade 2 tear in two ankle ligaments in Canberra United-s first win of the season.

Maciewjewski suffered the injury early in the match during a tackle but played on despite immediate swelling, eventually being substituted twenty minutes into the second half.

“I knew I had done some ligament damage as soon as I came off for treatment because it had swollen up right away but I just looked at the [physio], told him to strap it because I-m going back on,” Maciejewski said.

“It did give me a bit of grief during the game and I got knocked a couple more times on the same ankle but I wanted to keep on playing so I tried to put the pain behind me and play as much as I could.

“I went to the physiotherapist this morning and I-m very hopeful of playing this weekend.

“I did get a little bit of range in my ankle this morning so if we can continue getting movement in the ankle joint then hopefully I can strap it this weekend and play.”

Having started every match for the club this season, Maciejewski is doing her all to ensure a speedy recovery.

“I-ve got to rest the ankle for the next two days so just making sure it-s elevated and iced and get the swelling down,” Maciejewski said.

“If I can get some more movement in the ankle that-s needed hopefully I can start running and doing some small ball work on Wednesday and then get back into it on Thursday and Friday.”

Canberra United will get their first opportunity to play in the territory-s show piece venue when the local side lines up against the Central Coast Mariners at Canberra Stadium, an occasion not lost on Maciejewski.

“I-ve been waiting for this game so I-m very disappointed that I did go off with an injury because it-s a big game for us to be a part of a double-header at home.”

Canberra Stadium will host the double-header on Saturday when the Central Coast Mariners take on Canberra United in the Westfield W-League at 4:15pm followed by Adelaide United in the Hyundai A-League kicking off at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online at www.ticketek.com.au or by phoning 132 849.