Club News

Scott Hooper update

Fri 20 Mar 2020

Peterhead defender Scott Hooper is making good progress after suffering potential damage to his spleen and liver following a bout of glandular fever however the coronavirus could now delay his return to football.

The 25 year old former Queen of the South player, who joined the Blue Toon from Annan Athletic last summer, was withdrawn from the Balmoor side’s starting XI that was due to face Airdrie at Balmoor in February after he told manager Jim McInally that he felt unwell.

Tests revealed the glandular fever which Hooper has recovered from however he needs to undergo further procedures to ascertain the extent of the damage with the Dumfries based player saying: “I am back doing light duties at my day to day job which is a good step forward. I still have to go for ultrasound tests on my liver and spleen as there may be some problems as I had been ill since the first week in January without realising it.”

“I was training every day when I was playing but the week of the Airdrie game, I did not have the same energy as I usually have. When we warmed up before kick-off, I told the manager that something was not right and he took one look at me and said I was not playing.”

“It was a long drive back to Dumfries that day but I am on the mend now.”

The lockdown of football means that Hooper does not have a target to aim for at the moment as he explained: “When I was first diagnosed I thought I could be back in April however I don’t know if anyone will be playing football then. I need to find out what the ultrasound says and then see if that ties in with football restarting.”

One silver lining is that McInally has already started making moves to keep Hooper at the club with the defender saying: “Jim has spoken to me about staying next season and that was great to hear. It took some pressure off me with is what I needed.”

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