Gavin Rose says Dulwich Hamlet will do everything they can to help Reise Allassani as he recovers from the second cruciate knee ligament injury of his career.
The former Crystal Palace attacker was back on loan with the National South club when he suffered the injury.
Allassani, 23, also did the same knee damage when he came out of contract with the Eagles but rebuilt his career at the Hamlet, his goalscoring form leading to a two-year deal from Coventry City.
Dulwich manager Rose said: “We’ve had some positive news in that they think due to Reise’s athleticism – he has got quite a lot of bend in the knee – they are more optimistic he will be able to make a full recovery to play again than they were initially.
“I feel really sorry for the boy, he doesn’t seem to get the rub of the green. It was a very innocuous incident – there was no contact, just a quick turn and he went over in a heap.”
Rose doesn’t believe that Allassani got a “fair crack” at nailing down a first-team spot at the Sky Blues. The former England U17 international is due to be a free agent in June.
“I’d like to think Coventry will extend his contract because he is in a bad position,” said Rose. “But he knows that I rate him highly and the club love him as well. We’d back him to get back and up to speed.
“We’d give him that platform to kickstart his career but I’d also say Coventry can give him comfort to get his career going again.
“We are waiting to find out from Coventry if they still expect us to pay the money for his loan, that could leave us in the position that we’re not able to bring anyone else in.
“We have had one or two players who haven’t quite hit the standard that the club need and we’re in the process of agreeing their terminations. They’ve had opportunities since pre-season, some have done better than others.”
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