Facey feeling 'utterly helpless' as injury rules him out of Lincoln City's safety bid
DELROY FACEY has admitted he feels utterly helpless watching Lincoln City's survival fight from the sidelines as he spoke out on his injury agony.
The bustling striker is set to undergo the surgeon's knife this weekend in a bid to repair damage caused by the dislocated shoulder he suffered in the 1-1 draw against Macclesfield.
The injury has ruled Lincoln's skipper out of the end of season run-in having been told it will take up to three months before he is close to fitness.
Facey has been a hugely inspirational figure as the club stormed away from the foot of League Two and into the comfort zone of mid-table.
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Lincoln just need four points to reach Tilson's target of 50 which has left Facey devastated at being unable to see the job through, especially with the finishing line so desperately close.
"I am absolutely gutted because we only need one win and a draw and we will be safe, so not to be able to be a part of that has left me feeling utterly helpless," he said.
"We've done extremely well to put ourselves within touching distance.
"As captain, I wanted to see the job through, but that isn't going to happen.
"To miss one game would be bad enough, but to miss all of them is hard to take. However, there is not much I can do about that now.
"But I'll be willing the lads on because they have the quality to go and make sure we reach that 50-point total.
"I've kept in touch with the boys and they've been brilliant in terms of wishing me all the best and the messages of support they have sent."
The operation Facey will undergo this weekend will be to repair torn muscle which was damaged when the bone popped out of its socket.
It will take him 12 weeks to recover, but he is aiming to be fit in time for international duty with Grenada when the Gold Cup begin in June.
But he feels that will be perfect for helping him regain match fitness for when pre-season begins a month later.
"I knew as soon as my left shoulder hit the turf that I had done something serious and when I ran my hand along it, I could feel the bone," he said.
"Unfortunately, when you have done something like that, it's not just a case of putting the bone back in the socket and that's it.
"There is damage to the muscle tissue as well which, if I was not a sportsman, they could have perhaps left to heal naturally.
"But because I'm active and there will be impact on a weekly basis, if you do that then you risk popping the shoulder out of its socket again and it is not worth the gamble.
"At the minute, it's still aching and trying to get to sleep in the last couple of days has been particularly hard.
"The big aspect for me now is to get the operation done and start working on my rehabilitation because the Gold Cup starts in June.
"Obviously, there's going to be a lack of match fitness, but I'll push myself hard when I am out there.
"Hopefully, then, I'll be fit and raring to go for pre-season."