It's back to SHFL business tomorrow after the disappointment of a missed opportunity last Saturday to progress further in the Scottish Cup. However, we'll need to be back to our best after a lacklustre Scottish Cup performance as Strathspey Thistle look set for one of their best league finishes since they joined the SHFL in Season 2009/10. This season has brought them a home win against Nairn County and away wins against Lossiemouth and Keith as well as draws against Formartine United and Fort William.
Our season so far has been a bit hampered by injuries but the team has delivered some good results, especially away to Rothes and Wick Academy and in the Scottish Cup win against Bonnyrigg Rose. The remainder of our season will, hopefully, benefit from players returning from injury and below is an update on the injured players and other players currently missing from the first team squad.
Grant Pennet has recovered from his Achilles tendon rupture and has played for the U20s and has appeared on the bench for the 1st team. James Blanchard continues his recovery from the knee operation he underwent in August and hopes to be available in January. Dane Ballard’s knee injury seems, unfortunately, more serious than first anticipated and he is waiting for a scan. Liam Forbes continues with his recovery from a fractured skull and has his next major check-up in November. Steven Davidson is recovering from the operation he underwent in late August and made an appearance as a substitute against University of Stirling. William Pauline is due an injection later this month to address his continuing groin pain. Dan Smith continues his rehabilitation from his knee operation in February and hopes to be back in January.
Paul Sutherland continues his break from football. Blair Maclennan is taking some time out of football to concentrate on work and degree studies. Matthew Mackie has joined Edinburgh University on loan.