The departing winger made a lightning return from a fractured cheekbone only to suffer another injury which needed a screw inserted into his navicular bone.
Dance had never been injured for any length of time before joining Luton, but the injury sidelined him for almost a year and the 26-year-old believes it is symptomatic of Town’s recent fortunes.
He said: “I remember my first couple of weeks and thinking there were quite a few injuries and then I got riddled with the same luck as well. The training facilities and the pitch is a lot higher than the normal standard of the Conference, so it can’t be put down to that.
“Maybe we’ve just not dealt with it as a squad and club when players have been injured. It’s just all part and parcel of the bad luck the club has had since it fell down to the Conference.”
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“I’ve never been one to play on an injury. If I missed half a season with niggles and knocks I would look back and be disappointed in myself for not playing through it. “I think it’s more disappointment, anger and frustration than guilt.” Being unable to help his team-mates and boss Gary Brabin, who brought him in, was what Dance found most frustrating as the Scouser was eventually given the sack. He added: “It wasn’t nice to see and not being able to do anything about it was hard. I think it’s worse when the team’s not doing so well. “He was nothing but good to me. Having to come into training wearing a cast and on crutches and not being able to repay that faith was not something I wanted to do.”
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