Falkirk captain’s postponed operation could yet force Gregor Buchanan to miss football

Gregor Buchanan postponed surgery on his face to help Falkirk’s promotion push – but both those things have been taken away from the Bairns captain.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 12:40 pm
04-01-2020. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Dumbarton FC. Matchday 20. SPFL Ladbrokes League One. Gregor Buchanan 4 accidental collision with Ryan Tierney 9 results in a broken nose for the Falkirk captain.
04-01-2020. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Dumbarton FC. Matchday 20. SPFL Ladbrokes League One. Gregor Buchanan 4 accidental collision with Ryan Tierney 9 results in a broken nose for the Falkirk captain.

A sickening clash with Dumbarton’s Ryan Tierney in January broke the centre-back’s nose and though he played on and didn’t miss any games as a result, the knock did require an operation.

However Buchanan and the Bairns opted to put the procedure off until the end of the season allowing the 30-year-old to maintain his place in the squad gunning for the League One title.

Nut now with the season at a premature end by the COVID-19 crisis, it’s forced Buchanan’s operation off too meaning his intentions of avoiding a lay-off haven’t been successful.

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18-02-2020. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v East Fife FC. Matchday 24. SPFL Ladbrokes League One. Captain Gregor Buchanan 4 and fans at the end of the game.

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He told The Falkirk Herald: “The op will take a backseat for the moment but there’s a lot worse going on at the moment. It’s a busy period at hospitals just now and my nose can certainly wait in the grand scheme of things.

“When it gets pencilled in for I don’t know because the reason I put off the operation was to make sure I didn’t miss any games so it’s frustrating timing.

“I wouldn’t want to miss the start of a season because of getting the op then, and I’ll speak to people about it but there’s not a great rush at the moment while life gets back to normal.”