BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Ross Callachan admits his spell on the sidelines has been no walk in the park after he dislocated his shoulder when out for a Sunday stroll with his girlfriend.
The Raith Rovers midfielder was out of action for 10 weeks following the freak injury back in August.
The 22-year-old, whose form attracted interest from Ross County last season, could not believe his bad luck when a weekend wander brought an end to an impressive start to the new campaign.
And the youngster has confessed he wasn’t even sure if manager Ray McKinnon would believe the unusual circumstances behind his painful injury, which has now healed.
Callachan made his second substitute’s appearances in Saturday’s 3-3 draw away to Dumbarton after making his comeback against Falkirk earlier this month.
Ahead of Tuesday’s rearranged league meeting with St Mirren, he said: “I was just out with my girlfriend and out for a walk in my local park when it happened.
“There was a right steep path and I put my hand on a rock so I wouldn’t slip, and my whole body weight went on my shoulder – and that’s when it happened, my shoulder came out of its place.
“It made it harder to accept because it was hard to explain to the manager what had happened.
“To be fair to him, he’s got to trust what I say and he did.”
Speaking to Capital City Press, Callachan added: “It was frustrating but when you’re injured you just have to concentrate on your rehab, and that’s what I did.
“It was boring but I just had to be patient and it’s worth it now that I’m back fit.
“I was just unlucky, really. You can’t prepare for these things; it’s just about being mentally strong and making sure you come back.”