Buckingham Athletic midfielder Jack Menday has spoken to Sports Shots this week as he embarks on his recovery after breaking his tibia in the local derby at Winslow United just two days before Christmas day.
Menday told Sports Shots:
At first the plan was not to have an operation, this meant around 12 weeks in a cast, plus a few more weeks before I would be walking completely unaided. However, the decision has now been made to go ahead with the operation. After the operation I will be out of a cast but will be dependent on crutches for six weeks and will have to learn how to walk unaided for a few weeks after this. I have been offered free recovery by a company called Release that has been received very gratefully.
This week has since Menday have operations cancelled on Wednesday and Thursday due to a lack of beds.
The Athletic man explained what the plan is, hopefully today (Friday) when they try again.
During the operation a cut will be made in my knee, ankle and on top of the break. A rod will then be fitted which will be the length of my tibia, this will be secured by 4 nails. The operation will take around an hour and there is possibility for a future operation to have the rod removed if it causes me any problems after the break has healed.
Menday’s injury highlights to down side to non-league football with players earning a living away from the game, the beautiful game is just a hobby after all is said and done.
Losing the use of my leg has been very hard for me. I am a very active person and spend most of my time on my feet. It has left me unable to play football for the rest of the season which is obviously a big blow. It has also left me unable to drive which has caused me to lose some independence and regular routines. The thing that is most gutting for me is that it has left me unable to go on a family holiday to Australia to visit my brother who has been living there for just over a year and to settle in my sister who is going traveling there for a year. It has also left me unable to work for a few months with finances that still need to be paid.
The Athletic earned praise as behind the scenes the club has rallied round to support one of their own.
Luckily the club have been absolutely amazing and I can’t thank them enough. The lads are some of my best mates and they have been very supportive. The club did a fundraiser for me during their New Year’s Eve event in which they raised £500. Annie has since set up a JustGiving page to raise further funds. I honestly don’t feel like I deserve it but I am beyond grateful for all the donations and all that the club, in particular Annie Carter the welfare officer, has done to help me over this difficult period.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so here –
In closing, Menday wanted to highlight how grateful he was.
I would like to say a huge thank you to anyone that has donated to the page. I wish my team mates the best of luck with the rest of the season. I will still be on the sideline supporting and can’t wait to get back on the pitch.
This weekend the Athletic travel to the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1’s impressive side Southall looking to be one of the very few sides to take anything from the leaders.