Raith Rovers could be without skipper Jason Thomson for Falkirk clash, concedes Ray McKinnon


BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Raith Rovers could be without club captain Jason Thomson for Saturday’s Championship clash against Falkirk as he battles a back complaint.

The 28-year-old suffered a heavy landing during Rovers’ 3-0 defeat against Livingston at the weekend and was withdrawn after just 42 minutes.

The former Hearts defender has been unable to train this week as he waits for the pain to subside, albeit Rovers boss Ray McKinnon has allayed any fears that he faces an extended layoff.

Stark's Park Raith Rovers
Rovers face playoff rivals Falkirk on Saturday


However, Thomson does face a race against time to be in contention for the visit of the Bairns – one of their major rivals in the race for a playoff place.

McKinnon told Capital City Press: “At the moment, Jason is a major doubt for the weekend. He is still in a lot of pain in his lower back.

“It’s not a serious injury, and we wouldn’t expect him to be out for a serious length of time, but it’s something that we need to be patient with until the pain calms down.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed and we’ll see if we can get him back in training later on in the week. If so, then he might come into my thoughts for Falkirk – but we just need to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, luckless Rovers defender Craig Barr, who is yet to make a first-team appearance this season, is not expected to return to full training until next week after suffering a “slight set-back” in his recovery from a pelvic injury.