Friday 28th July 2017

A SMILE creeps on to Grant Gallagher’s face when you mention the prospect.

He could be sitting watching his Euromillions numbers roll in. And that very second, the ticket would blow away out of reach.

It would just about sum up the Dumbarton midfielder’s luck.

He started pre-season training like a newly-released greyhound, eager to play football for the first time since September.

Back then, in a 3-2 defeat to Raith Rovers, he sustained an ankle injury which ended his season.

He did manage to play a couple of friendlies – but now a lot of the coming campaign is a write-off as well.

The knee injury he sustained in the match with Partick Thistle two weeks ago turned out to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

He now faces several more months on the sidelines – but is already plotting to be one of the greatest recovery stories ever told!

Does he intend to play again?


Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, he said: “I’m always a positive person and I’m not going to let it affect me too much.

“Hopefully, towards the end of the season when there are still games to play with something at stake, I can come back in.

“The manager has had to go and sign other players in the meantime, but hopefully I can make a contest of it to get back into the team.

“When I got the news after the scan on the injury, it was worse than I expected, and that makes it more difficult to deal with.

“The doctor phoned me and explained that I’ve ruptured my cruciate ligament (ACL).

“It’s quite well-documented that when you have that injury, you do other things as well. It’s possible that I’ve also injured my medial ligament. There are a couple of things that are adding to the pain.

“It’s not an injury you put a timeline on. The doctors say it will be a minimum of six months, but you don’t want to return with something not right.

“Once the operation and rehab is done, you just take it month by month.

“It’s not a career-ending injury. You look at players in the English Premier League who have had this injury and they’ve come back.

“Craig Barr has also had this injury in the past – and he feels stronger now than ever. So there is a positive side to it, but it’s just the time it will take.

“I’d been saying to the players how not everybody enjoys pre-season, but I was just happy to be playing football again.

“When I look back at what happened in the Partick game, it was out of nothing really.”

A native of Kilmarnock, Grant has also missed out on something else this week.

He continued: “Saturday would have been my first-ever game at Rugby Park.

“There was one time when I was still with Celtic, in the reserves, when I was in the squad but never got off the bench.

“When you are at your hometown team’s ground, you always want to do well with family and friends watching you.

“Hopefully the boys can still get a result.”

However long it takes him to get back kicking a ball for real, Grant will be doing that in a metaphorical sense.

He’ll continue to watch games from the sidelines – and to coin a phrase, he’ll be kicking every ball.

He added: “That’s the saying I had last year. You can go in and say good luck to the players – and that’s you done your part.

“When the whistle goes, you just become a fan. You just watch it as a supporter does. You feel the ups and the downs.

“The main thing is just to help the boys through it. But it’s different when you’re watching on.”

All at DFC wish him well.

Andy Galloway

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