Both BAJFC and attacking midfielder Jake Mair have been dealt a major blow, with Jake being ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.
Jake suffered a dislocated shoulder last season and he missed a part of Broughty’s first maiden season in the Super League. He returned at the end of the season and trained with the squad in pre-season and started the first game of the new 2016/17 season, a 2-1 win at Linlithgow Rose, and came through the game well and was to be a big part of the manager’s plans for the season ahead.
He went on to play in the 3-3 draw against Jeanfield Swifts, the 4-0 win over Carnoustie Panmure, the 4-0 defeat at Bonnyrigg Rose until he came on as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 home win against Musselburgh Athletic and within minutes had fallen under a challenge and again dislocated his shoulder.
After speaking with Jake at a recent squad training session and asking what the latest was with his injury, he had this to say…
“I’ve just had it confirmed, I’ll need surgery on my shoulder early next year, so I will be out of football for a long period of time. To say I’m gutted is an understatement. Once I went down in the challenge in the Musselburgh game I knew I had a major problem with my shoulder after last season’s injury.
I have torn ligaments that have detached and the ball joint is just getting out of the socket far too easy now, so everything needs to be tightened up again. So it’s a keyhole surgery early 2017 for me. I’ve been told I’ll be out of football for possibly six months to a year depending on my recovery process.
Fingers crossed I’ll be back as quick as possible. We’ve had a great start to the season, I played my part in getting the team near the top end of the league table but it’s now over to them to stay up there. I’ll be watching closely from the sidelines, but I’d much rather be on the pitch with them…”
Everyone at BAJFC wishes Jake all the very best for his forthcoming surgery at the turn of the year and for a speedy recovery…