Thursday 28th July 2016

THE league season hasn’t even started and already Darren Barr’s frustration is growing.

But that could change on Saturday.

The Dumbarton skipper has had to kick every ball from the sidelines after being ruled out since the start of July with a back problem.

That has meant having to sit out all three of the Betfred Cup group ties, but there is a chance he could be involved against Peterhead on Saturday.

And Darren hopes he can get back into action, having done some training successfully in recent weeks.

He said: “I’m getting there slowly but surely. The problem with my back has been there for a while and I couldn’t do much about it. I’ve just had to rest.

“I’ve been running in training and kicking a ball, so hopefully I am getting close to a return to playing for the first team.

“I’m not sure about Saturday at the moment. It will all be to do with what the physio tells me.

“It’s been very frustating on the sidelines. I started pre-season doing well, and played in the friendly with Dundee.

“Then the next week I just pulled up. I’m hopeful this will be out of the way soon as I played a good bit of last season and want to do the same again.”

But Darren has found one positive – he hasn’t been absent from any vital league games with his injury.

And having been a regular selection as captain last season, he’s hopeful that his consistent record can continue.

He added: “It’s better to have an injury at this time, rather than several weeks into the season.

“Hopefully I won’t pick up anything else and by the time the league campaign starts, I’ll be back to my usual level of fitness and good to go.”

Andy Galloway

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