Thursday 28th July 2016

THE end is in sight for Jamie Ewings. He just wishes he’d never had to look for it in the first place.

Some people joke about goalkeepers getting a bad back from picking the ball out of the net too many times.

But the Dumbarton keeper has spent the last three weeks with a back injury which is no laughing matter – and hasn’t come from conceding any goals.

Jamie has suffered from a sciatic problem which has kept him out of action since the friendly with Motherwell.

However, he is optimistic of being available to manager Stevie Aitken within the coming weeks, with the home match against Dundee United on Saturday, August 13 a target.

He said: “My recovery has been going alright. It’s a trapped nerve and it’s taking its time to heal. Sometimes it’s not for going anywhere but hopefully I’m taking steps in the right direction now.

“I haven’t a clue when I’ll be available again for selection, but the physio and I are aiming for the Dundee United game. We just need to take it a step at a time.

“It’s been really frustrating as I’ve been putting all the hard work in during the close season, and then this happened.

“I just thought it was a bit of tightness at first, but it came to a head in the Motherwell game. On the Saturday night after that I couldn’t move.

“It’s up to myself to come back as fit and strong as I was before, and make sure that I get my place back in the team.”

And Jamie warned that once he is fit again, Mark Brown, who has been in goal for the Betfred Cup ties, will face a battle for the starting gloves.

He said: “Being first choice keeper is my priority regardless of who’s at the club. Unfortunately they can only play one keeper on a matchday.

“Obviously Mark has been in goal for the cup ties and once I am fit again, it will be up to me to get back in the team.”

Andy Galloway

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