Club News

Injured striker could return before end of season

Thu 11 Apr 2019

Peterhead manager Jim McInally says Derek Lyle is making remarkable progress and could return before the end of the season.

The veteran striker fractured an ankle in the defeat at Berwick last month.

The 38 year old was expected to miss the League 2 title run-in but Lyle has already returned to light training and could be back next month.

 McInally said: “With a bit of luck, Derek could return so we will keep our fingers crossed.”

“He has started running and has made a remarkable recovery.”

“All the general ligament damage has repaired itself and he is such a good professional that he does everything he can to encourage the healing process.”

“To see him running at training last night was pretty remarkable because nobody expected it.”

 “Derek asked us not to rule him out and we definitely will not do that because he still has another four weeks to get himself back involved.”

“It was certainly good to see him.”

Peterhead have four games remaining as they bid to fend off the challenge of Edinburgh and Clyde and hang on to top spot.

The Blue Toon are six points clear going into Saturday’s match against Albion Rovers.

Last weekend, the Balmoor men were forced to settle for a draw against Clyde after squandering a two-goal lead but, on reflection, McInally conceded it was a good outcome with Edinburgh suffering a defeat at Cowdenbeath.

McInally said: “I am reasonably happy that we took something from a team that has been winning most weeks and been on a terrific run for a long time.”

“We lost a couple of silly goals but generally, although we conceded possession, Clyde never created too many chances.”

“We were clever enough, counter-attacked quite well and missed opportunities to put the game to. bed.” 

“It must have been a terrific watch for the neutral and a good advert for the league.“

“All in all, I would have taken the scenario beforehand and after a few days, you calm down and reflect on a decent day.”