Curran back fighting fit and ready to hit goal trail
Attacker eager for action and looking for an injury-free run
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