Cur­ran back fight­ing fit and ready to hit goal trail

At­tacker ea­ger for ac­tion and look­ing for an in­jury-free run

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - SPORT - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

Ross County for­ward Craig Cur­ran is des­per­ately hop­ing for an end to the bad luck he has en­dured with the Stag­gies in the last 18 months.

Cur­ran strug­gled through var­i­ous ef­fects of con­cus­sion, in­clud­ing re­peated spells of dizzi­ness and fa­tigue, af­ter a col­li­sion with Kil­marnock de­fender Dar­ryl West­lake in Au­gust 2015. The English­man has felt back to his sharpest since start­ing work with a mus­cle re­lease ther­a­pist this year and is ea­ger to hit the ground run­ning in the new sea­son.

His prepa­ra­tion has not been with­out its prob­lems, how­ever, with Cur­ran forced to miss County’s pre­sea­son trip to La Manga this month af­ter an­other head knock, al­beit less se­ri­ous this time around, suf­fered in the 1-0 friendly win against El­gin City.

Cur­ran was also taken off dur­ing the Ding­wall side’s Bet­fred Cup penalty shootout win against Hiber­nian last Fri­day af­ter pick­ing up an an­kle in­jury af­ter a chal­lenge from de­fender Efe Ambrose.

Hav­ing re­turned to train­ing on Mon­day, Cur­ran is back in con­tention for to­day’s trip to Ar­broath, in which the Stag­gies will be con­firmed as Group D win­ners with a vic­tory, and the 27-year-old wants to leave his bad for­tune be­hind him.

He said: “I could have had a bit bet­ter luck through­out pre-sea­son but I’m still here, still stand­ing and ready to go again.

“It had been a good pre­sea­son be­cause I feel I’ve per­formed well when I’ve played, I’ve scored my goals and I’ve started to look a lot more like my­self in train­ing every day.

“Then I got knocked out again, I’ve had a cut on the an­kle. That was dis­ap­point­ing more than any­thing but th­ese things hap­pen. It could have been a lot worse. I’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.”

Cur­ran feels in a far bet­ter po­si­tion than 12 months ago and added: “Last sea­son I was maybe only train­ing once a week and was only get­ting to 55 or 60 min­utes in games.

“This sum­mer I’ve been fly­ing in the run­ning and good in the train­ing we were do­ing.

“I’ve been do­ing well in the games, so ev­ery­thing is build­ing and I’m get­ting stronger.

“Just to be out there every day is a bonus to me and I’m en­joy­ing it again.”

County lost lead­ing scorer Liam Boyce this sum­mer to Bur­ton Al­bion in a £500,000 deal. Boyce scored 23 league goals for the Stag­gies last sea­son.

Stag­gies man­ager Jim McIn­tyre has added Billy Mckay and Thomas Mikkelsen to his at­tack­ing op­tions, with Cur­ran and Alex Schalk al­ready at the club.

Cur­ran is pre­pared to take his share of re­spon­si­bil­ity for re­plac­ing Boyce’s goals. He added: “When I’m fit and I’m play­ing I will score a lot more goals than I did, and I will per­form a lot bet­ter.

“There’s also Alex, Thomas and Billy and be­tween the four of us we’re more than ca­pa­ble of mak­ing that up.”

“I could have had a bit bet­ter luck through­out pre-sea­son”

GO­ING FOR GOALS: Craig Cur­ran has set his sights on some net re­sults

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