Peter Grant has opened up on Rhys Breen’s “nightmare” start to life at Dunfermline after injuries and Covid issues left the former Rangers youngster sidelined and waiting to make his debut for his new side.

After joining the Pars following a loan stint with USL side Orange County SC, Breen had to isolate for ten days before he could link up with his new teammates before tweaking his hamstring last month at Ibrox.

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Breen in action for Partick Thistle (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The defender hadn’t even been involved in the League Cup clash against his former side having been an unused substitute but was forced to sit out games as a result of the injury before another spell in isolation when a family member caugh Covid set his return date back even further.

“Rhys [Breen] has had a bit of a nightmare,” said Grant. “He had ten days in isolation when he came back from America.

“Then, after the Rangers game, he felt a tweak on his hamstring while doing the post-match work. That just got progressively worse so he was out with that.

“As sure as fate, he then caught Covid and, just when he was ready to come back, one of his family members caught it — so he was out again.

“It was nearly a month back-to-back isolation for him!”

While the start of his Dunfermline career has been a disaster, Grant is hopeful he can get Breen back training with a couple of weeks as he looks forward to seeing the “top talent” show what he can do for the Pars.

“Rhys is on his way back now and working hard,” continued Grant. “It has been unfortunate for him because he is a top talent — quick and strong and with experience of playing in this division [with Queen of the South] last year.

“Hopefully, we can get him back within the training group within the next couple of weeks.”

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