Alston’s a man on a full fitness mission
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.”