Injured pair Drew Ramsay and Jamie Glasgow are back in contention for a place in the team as coach John Sludden considers his options ahead of Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup second round replay against Annan Athletic at Ochilview.
Left-back Ramsay broke his wrist playing in Shire’s last home match, a 3-0 Lowland League game against BSC Glasgow, and hasn’t played since, although he was an unused substitute in the original Annan tie.
Glasgow made a brief substitute appearance at Galabank but that was his first action since picking up a hamstring injury against Spartans in September, which caused him to miss three games.
Now both players look set to come fully back into the equation as the coach looks at team selection ahead of the Ochilview replay.
“It was maybe a bit early to start with Jamie at Annan,” said the coach. “But maybe we will look again at that for Saturday. We will see how he’s feeling after putting two training sessions in on Tuesday and Thursday.”
The coach is also delighted to have Drew back in the mix. John admitted he had resigned himself to being without the big left-back for an extended period of time.
“We thought he might be out for a few weeks,” he said. “But after a visit to the hospital he is now ready to come back into the squad for Saturday. It’s good because it gives us a few options and after we have gone through training on Tuesday and Thursday we will have a look at how we want to start on Saturday.”
With the return of Ramsay and Glasgow the coach now has an injury-free playing squad which counts as a luxury after a terrible run of problems. Last weekend’s 0-0 draw marked the return to the starting eleven of another injury victim, Andy Grant.
“It was great to be able to get Andrew back,” he said although he was quick to point out that his return was no reflection on the performances recently of Adam Murray. “We felt Andrew offers that bit more experience.
“We’ve spoken to Adam who maybe feels a bit unlucky. He’s played a few games in there and he’s learning all the time and having a young lad like Adam there can only be good for the future of the club.”