Jim McAlister has expressed his delight at being given the go-ahead to resume training after an extended period on the sidelines.
The midfielder, 31, fractured his tibia against Colchester United in February and has since found the arduous recovery process frustrating.
However, the ex-Dundee man received good news from the specialist last week and is now back running and kicking a football again.
“I got good news last Wednesday, the specialist was happy enough that it’s healed to the extent that I can now get back in to full training. I’ve done a lot with the physio in the last two days and I’m starting to pick up speed a little bit by twisting and turning,” McAlister revealed.
“It’s been eight months (out injured) but it feels like double that time. It’s been hard at times but I’ve been fortunate enough to have good people around me at the club to keep my head right and I can now see light at the end of the tunnel.
“I’m slowly but surely starting to get confident striking the ball again. Some of the sessions I’m doing on the grass with the physio are now involving the football so that I can get a feel for it. That’s another hurdle to get over.”
The next step in McAlister’s return will come when he participates in a training match again and fully tests his leg in a contact situation.
“You think about what happens when you have physical contact and that first tackle is one of the first mental hurdles to get over. I’m taking it a week at a time with the physio and as long as I keep improving, hopefully I won’t be too far away from being back involved and doing a full session with the boys,” he added.