LACEY REMAINING OPTIMISTIC DURING REHAB
FC Lyn goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey continues to stay upbeat about his playing status for next year despite a slight setback during his rehabilitation from knee surgery.
With just two matches remaining in the Norwegian Eliteserien season, Lacey suffered a torn meniscus during training which forced him to miss the rest of the season.
Now after undergoing surgery to repair the tear, the native of Jenks, Oklahoma says that a full recovery is on the horizon.
"My rehab has been a long journey with a few setbacks in the last five weeks," Lacey recently told YA. "I will be on crutches a bit longer. The Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center and their doctors there have been outstanding in getting me back to 100%. I greatly look forward to a full recovery in the near future and continuing/extending my career at the highest level."
The netminder was a late season signee for Lyn as he joined the team in August after a successful trial. Shortly after his arrival, it was publicly announced that the club was facing bankruptcy which threatened not only the immediate future of Lyn, but also the standings of other clubs in the Eliteserien who may have had points erased from their season totals if Lyn had closed their doors.
Fortunately for all those involved, a short term investor came to the rescue of the Oslo-based club and Lyn was allowed to complete their season which resulted in a last place finish and relegation to the 1. Division.
The turmoil at the club has carried over into the offseason as Lyn have still not secured a long-term financial investor. In light of the current instability, Lacey says that he and the rest of the squad are aware of the situation and know that the club will do everything they can to resolve their fiscal challenges.
"The club has expressed that they still have a large financial crisis," noted Lacey. "Lyn was four million Kroner [roughly $700k] short last time I heard. However the last few updates I have showed that investors have stepped in but the financial situation will be tight for next season and any help is greatly appreciated by the club."
The 23 year old also concedes that with the new season, many on the current roster will be sold or will be looking for new homes as part of a cost-cutting measure.
"I know they [Lyn] are looking to tighten their belts and there could be quite a bit of movement within the team. We as players for Lyn however are completely committed to the success of the club and our fight in the 1. Division with all intentions of a return to the Eliteserien in 2011," he concluded.
Lacey appeared in five matches for Lyn during the 2009 Eliteserien including a 4-1 home win over IK Start which was only one of the club's two wins on the campaign.