CROCKED Elgin City star Brian Cameron is back to square one on the injury front after his comeback from a broken foot lasted just 20 minutes.
Out since October with a fractured metatarsal in his main kicking foot, the key midfielder suffered a recurrence of the injury shortly after returning to the field for the first time during last weekend’s 2-0 win over Berwick.
Manager Ross Jack revealed Cameron will now be rested for a minimum of four weeks, missing some vital festive fixtures the team faces in their quest to climb back up the League 2 rankings.
Jack introduced City’s local hero back into action 20 minutes from the end of Saturday’s win, and immediately after the match said he was pleased to see ‘Soapy’ back in a black and white shirt.
But by the end of the weekend, the limping star was back in casualty when x-rays revealed he had damaged the bone during an innocuous challenge on Saturday.
Initially, it was feared Cameron would be out for at least a couple of months, but a slightly brighter picture was painted later this week which should see him back in training in the New Year.
His manager rubbished any suggestion that the player was brought back too soon, insisting he had been given the all-clear by medical staff to play again.
"The surgeon cleared him, the doctor cleared him, and he trained hard that week so everything was fine," Ross said. "What happened was a little freak accident and it’s a real blow to Brian, because I know how much he’s hurting.
Elgin visit third-placed Stirling Albion on Saturday, who are just two points off the top but also a mere four points ahead of City in a tight league.
Jack says his men will travel to Forthbank in a rich vein of confidence and form, and stressed the importance of grabbing a victory at a tough away venue.
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