ASHINGTON defender Craig Scott is facing a fitness battle with the final of the Northumberland Senior Cup against neighbours Whitley Bay on the horizon.
The Northumberland FA are still awaiting on the availability date from Newcastle United as to when the game can be staged – but Scott, who picked up a hamstring injury in the Colliers away fixture against Team Northumbria at the end of last month, is already concerned as to whether he will recover in time.
Playing at St James’ Park will be a dream for the 25-year-old – a lifelong Newcastle United supporter – who can only play a waiting game.
“It’s possibly a tear in my hamstring,” he said.
“I’ve suffered from this kind of knock before and it felt similar when it happened at Team North.
“Since I came off in that game I’ve been resting and icing the injury, and I’ll be going for physiotherapy, but it is difficult to put a time scale on how long I will be out.
“I’ve got to admit that I’m sweating on things because naturally I’m desperate to be fit for the final and it will be a fantastic opportunity to play at St James’ Park.
“The injury could not have come at a worse time, to be honest, as we are playing two to three league games a week.
And although my fitness is going to drop, I’ll be trying hard to maintain it the best I can.”
Scott, who at the end of last season, his first with the Woodhorn Lane club, picked up a double award in the Manager’s Player of the Year as well as Supporters’ Player of the Year, is relishing every minute of his time with the Colliers.
“I’m enjoying playing for the club – I get on well with the rest of the players and the supporters and it’s a great set up,” he said.
“I suffered ankle ligament damage in the away game against Darlington 1883 in mid-October and was out for four to six weeks, so it’s been a bit of an injury hampered season for myself.
“I’m hoping to be fit for the final, but all I can do is to keep my fingers crossed.”