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Hooper delighted to end nightmare injury spell

Wed 09 Oct 2019

Peterhead defender Scott Hooper is hoping his injury woes are behind him after a frustrating start to the season.

The 24 year old joined from Annan in the summer but his appearances have been limited.

Hooper suffered an ankle injury in the Betfred Cup tie against Cove Rangers in July.

It turned out to be more serious than first thought and after returning too soon, suffered a second spell on the sidelines.

But Hooper, whose day job is with a Dumfries-based funeral directors, was delighted to make his comeback last weekend against Airdrie.

Hooper said: “11 weeks I have been out.” 

“I have never been out that length of time before and it has been a bit of a nightmare.”

“I tried coming back two weeks after it happened and it was far too soon but I did not realise how bad the injury was.”

“I am the type of person who does not let things rest but I came back too quickly and it made me feel worse.”

“I had to take a few weeks off to help my ankle recover but I have been working hard recently.”

“Now I am feeling pretty good. I am at the gym most days and we have training twice a week as well.”

“At part-time level, you need to keep on top of it but my body feels good.”

Saturday provided mixed fortunes for Hooper, who was pleased to be back in the starting line-up but disappointed with the result.

The Blue Toon were beaten 2-1, despite causing their full-time opponents plenty of problems.

Airdrie took an early lead and eventually won the match from the penalty spot after David Ferguson had equalised. 

Hooper continued: “I never knew I was going to play because the manager never mentioned the team on Thursday so when I found out I was starting, it was a great feeling.”

“We started off a bit slack with the goal but then we had chances and the result was harsh but that is football for you.”

“We need to take it on the chin, although I thought we played well.  We changed it up by playing a 3-5-2 and I felt we were better than Airdrie but goals win games.”