Striker Dino Williams ready to face surgery


November 07, 2017
Montego Bay United's Dino Williams (right) fights for the ball with Boys Town's Andrew Allen.

Almost one year after he suffered a major injury while on loan playing for Indy Eleven in the US Professional Soccer League, national striker Dino 'Baggio' Williams is to undergo surgery shortly in the hope of fixing the problem and returning to full fitness.

"The surgery will be done here in Jamaica," said Williams, who has been playing with the injury for his local club team, Montego Bay United (MBU) FC, in the Red Stripe National Preemier League.

"I went to the doctor last week and got all the test done and I am now ready for the surgery ... I am just waiting for the time."

The wily Williams is expected to be out of action for a minimum of two months after the surgery. However, he is not worried and is already plotting his return to the game.

"I'm feeling pretty confident that everything will go well," said Williams, who first represented Jamaica at the senior level in 2012.

"I just want to get it over with so that I can go back to enjoying what I love to do, which is to play football."

At the time of his injury, Williams was in top form and the management of MBU were cautiously optimistic that he was on the verge of landing a decent contract, having previously paraded his skills in 2012, on loan to Charleston Battery.

Since coming to the fore representing Green Pond High School in the daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition, Williams' dream has always been to make it big in football. That journey has taken him to Village United, MBU, Indy Eleven and Charleston Battery. After his surgery, he hopes to hit the road once again in his quest to continue the journey.

While cognisant of the fact that many players have struggled to get back to their best after surgery, Williams says he is not the least bit worried.

"I'm not too concerned about that right now," said Williams, in regard to making a full recovery. "I am just hoping to go in, do the surgery, go through the recovery, and work hard to get back to where I used to be.

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