Raith defender determined to overcome serious injury

”I’ll be fine” – that’s the defiant message from Raith Rovers’s David McKay after he was ruled out for the forthcoming season.
Dave McKay is to miss the entire season. (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)Dave McKay is to miss the entire season. (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
Dave McKay is to miss the entire season. (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)

The defender suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training which will require an operation forcing him to miss the entire 2020/21 season.

But having now got over the initial shock the 22-year-old is confident he can get back to his best.

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Speaking of the injury, he said: “It was just the way my leg was planted. I went to swing for the ball and my leg went backwards.

“I just remember my knee going numb and I thought I had maybe just jarred it because I’ve obviously never done anything like that before.

“It was a bit swollen after that but I didn’t realise the extent and it was a bit of a struggle to get a scan because of lockdown.

“I didn’t know exactly what was wrong so I was resting it. I have a gym in my garage so I was able to do upper body stuff, whilst keeping the weight off my knee because I didn’t want to damage it any more than it already was.

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“Then I finally got my scan and when I did it was a bit of a shock.

“The surgeon sat me down and said, look you won’t play next season. I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say. I said are you sure?!

“He showed me my scan and the ligament is just non-existent. It’s completely torn.

“He was telling me that I was needing surgery but I just couldn’t believe it.

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Mckay says it took a couple of days for the news to sink in but says he has been getting lots of support from his family the club.

“I’ve spoken to Lewis Vaughan who’s had long term injuries and he reassured me and gave me advice, and I’ve been speaking to one of my best friends, Kyle Bell who plays with East Fife.

“He did his ACL this time last year and he’s just coming back.

“So I’ve been getting lots of support and obviously the gaffer ((John McGlynn) and Smudger (assistant manager Paul Smith have been phoning me and giving me support and advice.

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“I’ve got all those people around me and I’ve got my family as well, so I’ll be fine, but it did come as a bit of a shock.

“I’m over it now. I’m just looking forward to getting back, building up and getting my strength back.”