Alex Gilbey is confident MK Dons can bounce back next season and hopes to play a part in that, once he has recovered from his long-term knee injury.
Gilbey, who moved to Stadium MK from Wigan Athletic last August, has been sidelined since January due to a knee problem which looks set to keep him out through the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
However, the midfielder is in a determined mood and once his rehabilitation is out of the way, hopes to do everything he can to help the Dons respond to this season’s disappointment.
“It has been tough,” he said when speaking to the media earlier this week. “In the first few weeks I was all over the place, coming to grips with the injury and coming to terms with where were in the league.
“It's over now so hopefully we can all draw a line in the sand - although, obviously that's easier said than done. We've got a six week period where we can go away, refresh, come back, kick on and the main achievement next year needs to be winning the league.”
On his rehabilitation, Gilbey said: “It's going really well. On Tuesday, it was 11 weeks since the surgery. I'm seeing a specialist next week to hopefully tell me I'll be on the pitch sooner rather than later.
“[A return] will be around Christmas, but hopefully we'll beat that. I'll be in every day over the summer to get stronger and kick on. I can recover in the summer for three months, giving me time to get fit, strong and ready to win the league next season.”
The 23-year-old added: “It has been really tough, especially listening to Joe Walsh tell me he's friends with Gareth Bale! It didn't really hit me until a week after. It was hard to watch football matches on TV, or coming here and watching games but, it is what it is - I've had to move on from it, I just need to concentrate on getting fit again.”
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