Buist’s knee nightmare

Scott Buist in action for Stenhousemuir against Stirling Albion
Scott Buist in action for Stenhousemuir against Stirling Albion

Stenhousemuir defender Scot Buist has told of his horror at his career-threatening knee injury.

The 28-year-old twisted akwardly making a clearance against East Fife and expected to have an operation on his cruciate knee ligament. It’s a serious enough injury but a preparatory operation revealed severe damage to his knee in addition to his ligament.

“Basically one of my cartilage has exploded,” Buist told The Falkirk Herald. “They were doing an exploratory procedure to tidy up my knee ahead of the cruciate surgery, and they found some damage to my lateral ligaments too. It was horrific to hear – a real shock.”

The defender’s lay-off could be more than two years as doctors have also warned they’ll need to work on his shin bone in his right leg too.

“It’s complicated by the bone and it might affect my running because my legs will be different after the operation.

“It’s a long, long way ahead to think about things, and with it being the close season, it’s monotonous.

“I want to get back amongst the team, and I’ll be as big a part of pre-season as I can, I plan to be at training on Tuesdays and Thursdays and games on a Saturday.”

Buist’s knee has hampered his day-time employment too “I need to go up and down ladders as part of my job – so that can’t be done. It’s really left me stuck.

“I remember this horrific snap when it happened. All I was doing was planting my foot to make a clearance. It was a horrible sound and I knew it was bad.

“I thought it was bad enough with the cruciate, but it was a horrible shock when the doctors said how bad it actually was.”

The defender signed a year’s contract extension just weeks before the injury on April 8 and has been in regular contact with boss Martyn Corrigan updating him on the prognosis.

He now faces a wait to go under the knife again as a series of operation that might save his career begin.