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The 20-year old was on the verge of a comeback from a knee injury which he suffered last year, but picked up another knock again during a friendly with Mohameddan Sporting...

For a player to make a return from an injury, it takes an enormous amount of dedication, hard work and a will to fight. This is especially harder for a young player who has just got his first taste of professional football. Football fans will no doubt remember how Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey battled back from a horrendous ankle injury or how Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva made a return to competitive first team action after being on the receiving end of a badly timed tackle.

Pailan Arrows' Shilton D'Silva was one such person who underwent that tedious process after making a recovery from a knee injury that he had picked up last year and was on the cusp of a comeback into the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Developmental side. But as fate would have it, the 20-year old suffered another injury in a friendly against Mohameddan Sporting and is in all likeliness ruled out for the rest of the season.

"He was very close to playing again in a competitive match. He had been practising for a month and playing in the practice matches," said Arrows coach Arthur Papas to The Times of India. "He is a player with good potential and the injury was unfortunate," added the Australian.


'The injury was unfortunate' - Arthur Papas on Shilton D'Silva's injury

Shilton had broken his tibia and fibula and has undergone a surgery. According to Dr. Ranjan Kamilya, who performed the surgery, the player will be out for two months so as to allow the wound to heal after which he will have to move around using crutches for atleast a month.

"He is mentally very strong and has taken it quite calmly," said Sydney D'Silva, Shilton's father. Sydney had rushed to Kolkata from Mumbai after hearing about his son's injury. Coach Papas echoed the father's sentiments and felt that having been in a similar situation before, Shilton would know how to deal with it. "Shilton is likely to be discharged from the hospital in another three to four days after which his father wants to take him home with the AIFF's permission," said Papas.

When asked for a tentative comeback date for the youngster, an Arrows official told The Times of India that it would realistically be out for the ongoing season and would need a year to be back.

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