26th July 2016

Saints have a fortnight to work towards Almondvale game

After the hard work and productive results over the past four weeks, the players now have chance to draw breath and re-group ahead of the next match – away to Livingston in two weeks time.

A closed door game will be the main focus of this week’s activities and then next Tuesday, the 14th October, there will be a home reserve match against East Fife (7.45pm).

Saints have ended the first quarter of the league programme four points behind the league leaders Queen of the South – at the same stage of the campaign a year ago Saints trailed eventual champions Hamilton Accies by eight points – and hopes are high that by the time the trip to Almondvale comes around personnel who are currently sidelined will be available.

Steven Doris has returned from seeing a specialist about his knee injury and is expected to step up training next week and Steven Anderson will also hopefully be available for the game in West Lothian.

Kevin James and Jody Morris expect to begin training in earnest next Monday although given previous disappointments with regards to the progress of the experienced pair Derek McInnes is guarded against assuming that they will be in the frame for the Livvy encounter.

More worrying, though, is the news on striker Collin Samuel (pictured) who even at this stage is doubtful for the game against the recently deposed league leaders. A deep tear in his hamstring has been diagnosed and it looks like a two to three week absence.

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