It's a Pity I Have to Stop but It's for the Best; Bell Hopes to Bounce Back after Surgery

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Byline: Andy Turner

ALTHOUGH disappointed to be bringing an end to his season, Coventry City winger David Bell has his sights firmly set on next.

Held back by an on-going ankle problem, the January transfer window signing from Norwich insists he will come back fitter and stronger following surgery.

"It is a shame that my season has been cut short," said the 25-year-old. "My aim was always to see the season out.

"I have needed my operation since the start of the season and thought that with seven or eight games to go that I could see it through.

"But it makes sense to get it done now because it is an eight to ten-week recovery period and I want to make sure I am fit and ready come August.

"The decision was made between myself, the physio and the manager and we agreed the best thing to do is to get it done.

"I have got a ligament that runs across the bottom of my ankle which tore off in the preseason and when it did that it took a bit of bone with it, so every time I strike a ball or twist and turn to push off from my right side I get this impingement and really sharp pain, so I can't strike the ball the way I can with my left. As a result I am putting a lot more strain on the left side of my body than I should be.

"I picked up a calf strain last week and I am getting a tight hamstring and back as well, so hopefully if all goes well with the surgery then it will sort itself out because I want to be fit and ready to get a good pre-season. To be honest I have probably played 25 or 26 games with needing surgery so I have done pretty well to get this far, and if someone had said at the start of the season when I needed the operation that I was going to start that many games I would have been over the moon. But I want to be positive and get it done and have a good summer and get fit for the start of the season." Bell will be operated on by a Harley Street surgeon in his next available slot and it speaks volumes for how highly rated he is that he has signed for two clubs now, Norwich last summer and Coventry in January, despite his injury.

"I am disappointed that the fans haven't really seen the best of me yet, and it was the same when I signed for Norwich injured," he said. …