Reds midfielder on injury and fans' support
Thankfully a scan has revealed that, at worst, the 27-year-old could be out for up to eight weeks due to bad ligament damage.
Speaking exclusively to barnsleyfc.co.uk, Dawson said, "
After the Ipswich match, Reds Manager David Flitcroft described the former Orient skipper as a 'leader' and the team's 'inspiration', comments which Dawson appreciates.
"I thought it was broken because of the pain but thankfully its just bad ligament damage. I was obviously gutted not to be able to help the team and for the next month or so."
I felt something go, I tried to get back up as soon as it happened but I knew something was wrong.
"I’ve spoken to Flicker and it was nice to hear those comments and it gave me a lift after the bad news. I like to give it my all like people have probably seen and it's part and parcel that I'm going to pick up a few knocks along the way. The fans may have seen what I'm about and I felt for the first time in my career that I’m in the ascendancy and I'm really enjoying being at Barnsley."
Since his arrival from Leyton Orient a year ago, Dawson's tireless displays in the middle of the park have made him an Oakwell favourite, with a Twitter feed dedicated to the midfielder's fearless nature.
"My little brother showed me the Twitter link last night," he smiled. "I've nothing but respect to the Barnsley fans and the way they’ve accepted me because it hasn’t been easy for them with the recent year of results. I'll give it my all and I like to think I've got a good relationship with them. I just want to get back fit and help the lads in our fight this season."