Al­ston’s a man on a full fit­ness mis­sion

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In­jury pre­vented Blair Al­ston from get­ting out of the blocks quickly this sea­son – now he is ready to make up for lost time.

The St John­stone mid­fielder had been side­lined for 10 weeks with a thigh in­jury be­fore mak­ing his re­turn against Celtic prior to the in­ter­na­tional break.

With an­other week to build on his fit­ness, Al­ston is de­ter­mined to pitch in and help turn around re­cent for­tunes in front of goal. He said:“The Celtic game was my first 90 min­utes since the first game of the sea­son but I felt good af­ter it and hope­fully I can now build on that and turn re­sults Blair Al­ston

around. It was the long­est I had been out in my ca­reer. It was tough be­cause for the first four or five weeks I couldn’t do much. I knew that I was grad­u­ally los­ing fit­ness.

“It’s al­ways frus­trat­ing to watch the team. You just want to get out there as soon as you can. It was 10 weeks all in all be­fore I was back in – a lot longer than I thought – so it was nice to get in­volved again.

“It’s well-doc­u­mented that we are on a bad run at the mo­ment and we know that. But there is no panic and we don’t

see it as a cri­sis. It cer­tainly isn’t at that stage. There was a stage when we weren’t creat­ing chances and that was a worry. Now we feel we are creat­ing chances but just need to take them.

“It’s easy to say that but we need to go out and do it. If it comes off some­one’s back­side and goes in, then we’ll take that.”

Saints travel to Easter Road on Sat­ur­day to face a Hiber­nian side who sit third in the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

Al­ston added:“Hibs are prob­a­bly on the ex­act op­po­site run from us. They have been win­ning games and we haven’t been.

“It will be dif­fi­cult but we cer­tainly won’t go there with any fear.

“We’ll try to play our game and get that good re­sult.”

De­ter­mined

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