Ryan Jack will this week see yet another specialist in an attempt to firmly diagnose his short term prospects.
The stricken midfielder, who broke down again in training last week, has been traumatised by recurring injuries, and in fact had more than one bout of surgery as well in the summer.
Plagued by knee and calf issues, the 29-year old has struggled for much game time at all this calendar year, and his entire career in fairness has been beset with injury blight, but he will hope against hope that this latest setback isn’t serious and he can be back soon.
He’s waited 10 months to get back fit, and now he feels right back to where he was in February, and that’s not good for his mental health as much as anything.
Is it time for him to retire?
If he doesn’t get good news this week, it will be something that unfortunately he’ll have to think about.
We want to give the lad every chance to get fit again, and we’re sure the club will do exactly that, but this is starting to look very serious and potentially terminal.
Only recently we saw a piece on David Templeton, and how he too was plagued by injury, being limited in fact to not being properly able to play football with his kid because it hurt so much.
Injuries can wreck a player’s career and indeed life, and Temps was cut short completely.
Jack will cross his fingers for good news today, and we all join him in that.