Broughty Athletic vice-captain Grant Lawson is nearing his return to first team football after injury has kept him out of action since the pre-season visit to Morecambe.

Grant suffered a serious foot injury when playing for the Fed against Slyne with Hest FC on Saturday 30th July and has only recently been back to training with the squad after a two-month lay-off. After a great season in helping the Fed finish in 10th position and thus retaining their Super League for this new season, Grant was offered the role of vice-captain at the club which he duly accepted and was looking forward to the new season ahead until injury struck.dsc_0022-2

Light training and running the past few weeks plus visits to our physio partnership, Andrew Suttie of Dundee Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, has helped Grant back towards gaining his place back into the side, a side that is sitting second top of the Super League and on a great run at the moment. Speaking with Grant after training he had this to say…

“I’ve been working on building up the strength in my foot with the help and guidance from Andrew Suttie. Last week I managed to do half the nights training sessions on both nights and felt okay. Whereas tonight(Tuesday) I managed the whole session with no problems and will do the same on Thursday night and take it from there.

It’s hard standing on the sidelines every Saturday watching my team-mates winning game after game, I want to be on the pitch doing my bit, but I’m giving my all from the sidelines encouraging the players throughout the game. I’m hoping to get back into the team before the end of the month, although it maybe be hard because the lads are doing tremendously just now, I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I’ll tell the gaffer when I’m 100% ready and take it from there, he’ll know when the time is right. I’m just dying to get back playing with Broughty and be part of the great start to the season we’re having, and long may it continue…”

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Following this weekend’s Super League fixture at home to Carnoustie Panmure, Broughty face two cup games in a row, firstly at home to Blairgowrie in the first round of the GA Engineering Cup then the following week away to Johnstone Burgh in the Scottish Junior Cup. Fed manager Keith Gibson spoke on the possible return of his vice-captain before the month end…

Grant has been doing well in his training sessions to regain his full fitness. We don’t want to push him and pinpoint a date for his return but if he shows me the desire and will to get back in the team by pushing hard and pushing his team-mates hard, then he’ll be back in the squad sooner rather than later. He’s been missed but the lads in his place have been doing a fine job in his absence…”