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Lincoln City captain Gary Mills accepts decision over new deal is out of his control

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

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Lincoln City captain Gary Mills

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Lincoln City captain Gary Mills admitted that he would be lucky to be back before the end of the season as he recovers from a devastating knee injury.

The Imps skipper hobbled off during the club's 1-1 draw with Gateshead on December 29 with a torn posterior cruciate ligament and medial ligament damage. The 31-year-old revealed that he knew the injury was bad when it happened and is fully prepared that it will limit his chances of proving his worth for a new deal.

"I knew it was quite bad when it happened," said Mills. "As soon as I caught the ground something did not feel right and the pain was bad.

"It made it easier when they did say what had happened. It still wasn't nice, but I was expecting the worst in some ways.

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"I've had it checked out now and the surgeon believes that it will be three months before I'm fit enough to think about any kind of comeback.

"That obviously is not an ideal timescale and I know it will all have to go well for me to get the chance to get out there for Lincoln City again.

"With that in mind, I know I'm not going to have much chance to land myself a new deal."

Mills is now stuck at home on the sofa, with his left leg wrapped in a brace.

However, having spent 14 months on the sidelines while recovering from a broken leg and an ankle injury, he is well prepared for what lays ahead.

"I'm like Robocop," joked Mills when he contemplated the metal contraption that is keeping his knee in place.

"It is turning into a mental battle at the moment. I cannot go anywhere and I've just got to keep my leg raised and in the brace.

"I'm watching a lot of box sets and trawling through Twitter, so I'm doing my best to beat the boredom.

"But I've been here before when I broke my leg at Rushden & Diamonds. That was a long recovery. I spent 14 months out and it was frustrating.

"I would be sweating it out in the gym day after day and it was a big relief to get that over with.

"So, on reflection, a three month recovery is not as bad."

Mills is set to see a specialist on February 7 to check up on his recovery. To make sure he is on the right track he is doing all he can to make sure his sedentary lifestyle does not set him further back.

And he admitted that he cannot hide his frustration at not being able to play some role at the club at present.

"Chocolate is off the menu and it has been replaced by protein shakes," said Mills.

"I'm not able to do anything at all at the moment, so it is crucial I watch what I eat.

"The last thing I need is to spend time out getting my knee right only to have to spend another month getting my fitness back.

"But the club have been great. The physio is on the phone to me every day to check up and make sure I'm okay and they have been really supportive.

"The lads are fantastic as well. I don't live too close to them, but they are on the phone, texting or sending me messages on Twitter as well.

"It is good I'm able to keep in touch because I feel bad and frustrated that I'm not down there.

"I'm club captain and I know that my job is more than what happens on the pitch, it is about what happens in the dressing room now as well.

"My concern is that I'm not the only one injured and we've seen a slump in form because of that.

"We know what that is like as the same thing happened to us at the start of the season and it dented our confidence.

"It is frustrating as we were on a great spell and I was loving playing in the centre of midfield with Mo Fofana. I felt with every game we were getting more and more on the same wavelength and the set-up with Alan Power pushing forward to support Jamie Taylor was all coming together.

"Now, Mo, Alan and myself are all out, and that is a blow to the team.

"We have to keep strong, keep the confidence up and not let ourselves get dragged down."

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  • Sweepclean  |  February 02 2013, 2:03PM

    This thread suddenly went missing I winder why

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  • franky68  |  January 30 2013, 10:03AM

    Nigel sweepclean is right I watched sats game and he was too easily knocked off the ball. I also watched him at Southport and it was the same, and he just did'nt get in the game. I think he needs to build up his body eighta and be guided into being a bit stronger and more aggressive, and then he can do better, he is very good at coming on with his direct running. come on boys

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  • Dezza_nivs  |  January 30 2013, 10:01AM

    He's not as good as me

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  • Sweepclean  |  January 29 2013, 11:30PM

    Nigel as you didn't see last weeks game you wouldn't realise that he is not strong enough and gets knocked off the ball too easy, he's not quick enough and just ambled back when beaten, can't get up to head the ball, and on last weeks game was poor. But brought on with say 15 to 20 mins to go when defenders are slowing down he will no doubt do well. He needs more upper body strength to stop defenders pushing him about as they were last Saturday. On last Saturdays performance he isn't ready to start and finish a whole game

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  • llakame  |  January 29 2013, 8:55PM

    he is not a great loss, so hopefully that will be the last time we see him playing (sorry, on the pitch)

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  • nigelsparky  |  January 29 2013, 8:15PM

    Sweepclean what the heck do you mean that Robinson is not "quite ready to start a game yet"? You say he is ready to bring on for 20 minutes but not to start! I fear that you have fallen into the old "punditry"sayings that, like the majority of these stupid statements, are absolute drivel. It is this sort of mentality that exists in the English game, that is stifling many young lads' progression in the game. If he is good enough to bring on for 20 minutes, then of course he is good enough to start!

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  • nigelsparky  |  January 29 2013, 10:21AM

    I was unable to attend Saturday's game, however on the subject of "captains" I personally don't think there is anyone currently in the squad that "jumps out" at you as being a born leader, which is yet another problem, although quite small in the grand scheme of things.

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  • Sweepclean  |  January 28 2013, 9:24PM

    Last Saturday's game was the first time that I could remember where a loanee being Captain of a City team. And that to me said a lot about what DH thought about the contracted players in the team. Also Connor Robinson isn't quite ready yet to start a game for City but at present makes a good Sub to bring on with 20 mins to go. He just needs more strength and speed, but he is only young

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  • nrimp  |  January 28 2013, 5:06PM

    This is one of the few pieces of good news we have had this season. I also wish him good luck for the future but not with us.

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  • nigelsparky  |  January 28 2013, 3:01PM

    Rate him or not, I personally don't like to see any player suffer any injury, especially long term injuries. All the best for the future Mills.

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