Duke goes under the knife
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Latics boss Paul Jewell has paid tribute to 'The Duke' after the prolific hit-man has fired the club to the Division Two title despite suffering with the injury for the past three months.
Jewell has confirmed that Ellington will not be able to do any training for 12 weeks after his shoulder operation, and he will be behind schedule for pre-season preparations.
"I don't like to put a time scale on these things but the surgeon reckons it'll be around 12 weeks before he can start doing things again," Jewell told the club's website.
"He's in a lot of pain right now and will be in a sling for six weeks before he can start moving his shoulder.
"It's a complicated operation but we chose to get it done ahead of the Huddersfield game because otherwise he'd have had to wait another three weeks.
"We want him back as soon as is possible and therefore this is the best course of action.
"Duke deserves a lot of credit as, like Jason De Vos, he has played through the pain barrier for us.
"The shoulder has popped out several times since the original injury and he actually had a minor operation on the Saturday after the win at Bristol City back in January.
"It's been niggling him but I actually think he's grown up a lot as a footballer during the last couple of months.
"He's done great for us and I'd like to think he can only get better when he gets the whole shoulder problem sorted out."
The news will be a blow for Jewell as he looks to have his side together and completing vital preparations for life in Division One.
Jewell will be keen to get Ellington back as soon as possible and will be hoping that the injury does not drag on and cause the striker to miss the start of the new season.