HIS spirits currently dampened and his frustration at being out of action virtually boiling over, Ashington forward Josh Gray is keeping his fingers crossed for a spot of good news in the coming days.
For the 21-year-old who, as well as being a bar supervisor is studying for a degree at Northumbria University, is undergoing an X-ray on Friday at South Tyneside Hospital – and is hoping to get the all clear.
The ex-Darlington striker, signed by Gary Middleton from Newton Aycliffe, initially broke a metatarsal in Ashington’s away clash with Whitley Bay at the start of the season.
“After being sidelined for several weeks, he returned to action only to be ruled out again with a recurrence of the injury, then after coming back a second time, pulled up in the warm-up in the Colliers FA Carlsberg clash against Bodmin Town in Cornwall.
“A couple of days after returning from Bodmin, I went back to the hospital and was told that my foot wasn’t fully unified,” he said.
“I was desperate to play and I suppose I was kidding myself into thinking that the injury was going to be alright.
“Now I go for an X-ray on Friday and I’m hoping that results will reveal that it is fully healed.
“If so then I will start rehab, look to get my fitness levels up along with some game time and hope to be back in a few weeks.
“It’s totally frustrating – and even worse as I’m the world’s worst at watching as compared to playing.”
Once he gets the green light, Gray has another target which he is desperate to achieve.
“The injury aside, I’m enjoying the craic amongst the lads, which is the only thing keeping me going at the moment,” he said.
“It’s a great set up at Ashington and I want to prove myself to everyone at the club – the management, the players and the supporters.”