Wednesday 12th July 2017

FOR 37 minutes last night, it was all going to plan.

But now Grant Gallagher has to keep everything crossed all over again after yet another injury blow.

The midfielder, who has not played a competitive game for Dumbarton since September, had to limp out of last night’s 2-1 win over Partick Thistle after his kneecap popped out of place.

It went back in, but Grant had to be helped down the tunnel at half time, although he did leave after the match able to walk alone.

He now faces a nervous wait to see how long he will be out for – and after the last lay-off, he’s just hoping it’s not long.

Grant told “I heard it pop. I think it went back in place but I will know more today (Wednesday) once I’ve seen how the swelling goes down and I’ve spoken to the physio.

“I’m gutted. Just when I thought I had a clean run at pre season I’ve now got another injury.

“I’m just glad it’s not the same ankle injury that kept me out last time. Hopefully this one isn’t as bad as it seems.

“The ankle was the main concern and it has been getting better after time.

“Pre season has been going really well. The first couple of games, against Stranraer and Albion Rovers, were about getting used to the new boys in the squad.”

The positive pre season continued last night in the form of the win over Thistle. Christian Nade’s opener was equalised, but a Trialist striker scored the winner late in the evening.

And having watched most of the rest of the match from the sidelines, Grant liked what he saw.

He added: “We looked like a proper side. We had a good structure which we’ll work on as the new season gets closer.

“Partick are a top team who did really well last season, but going forward and defensively we had a good night and got the result.”

Andy Galloway

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