St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has delivered some positive news on the injury front as Jamie McGrath, Jake Doyle-Hayes and Collin Quaner are all given a boost.
The latter was a January signing, Quaner a cult hero at his former club, Huddersfield Town. He helped the Terriers into the Premier League and had been training with Bundesliga club Schalke before joining Saints. However, on his debut against St Johnstone last month, he did ligament damage.
McGrath dislocated his shoulder in the match against Celtic a couple of games ago while Jake Doyle-Hayes picked up a foot injury last weekend against Aberdeen. But after some operation fears, already losing forward pair Eamonn Brophy and Kristian Dennis for the rest of the season, a return isn’t too far away for all three.
Former Huddersfield Town striker Quaner will return to training next week while McGrath and Doyle-Hayes could appear before the split: “We are still looking at a bit of time out for Doyle-Hayes and McGrath.
“But we are hopeful that Collin Quaner will join in on Monday so that is one positive we have to look forward to. I am glad to say that Jamie’s shoulder doesn’t need an operation and neither does Jake’s foot.
“It’s a waiting game now with those two and how they progress. Hopefully we can get them to a point where we can get them back on the park. Jamie is a bit closer than Doyle-Hayes at the moment. We are trying to come up to a plan to see if we can stabilize Jamie’s shoulder.
“But we need the swelling to go down so we need to wait and see what happens. Hopefully we will have at least one of them back before the split.”
St Mirren face Livingston on Saturday as they continue their push for the top six, their first meeting since Livi beat the Buddies in the League Cup semi-final: “It’s not about making amends for what happened at Hampden.
“We have already beaten them a couple of times in the league. I would argue that the three points are more important to us than Livingston, I can’t see them dropping out the top six now, I think they are pretty safe there.
“We are desperate for three points and to open the gap between us and teams below us. Dundee United and St Johnstone are right on our tails and we will be going hell for leather to get three points.”
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