Lothian Thistle HV goalkeeper Kevin Swain reckons he is cursed after suffering Scottish Cup injury heartache for second year running



Lothian Thistle HV goalkeeper Kevin Swain admits his dream of facing boyhood heroes Celtic in the Scottish Cup has become a nightmare after breaking his arm.

Swain has been ruled out of tomorrow’s fourth round tie at East Kilbride after suffering the horrific injury just 60 seconds into Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Heriot-Watt University in an East of Scotland League clash.

And the 30-year-old is devastated that he has been been sidelined again after missing Spartans’ fifth round replay loss at Berwick Rangers last season due to a freak eye injury.

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Lothian Thistle HV are dreaming of hosting Celtic in last 16

Swain admits his latest set-back is even harder to take given that Celtic are awaiting the winners of Wednesday’s clash.

Swain said: “It was the same as last year when I was at Spartans, you get a nice we run going and then all of a sudden I get injured when it comes to these big games, it’s a jinx – that’s exactly what it is.

“It’s gutting knowing I’ll be out, especially being a Celtic fan.

“Hopefully the guys can still do it and get through.

“It will just be the same for me watching them as playing, it would be a great achievement if we can get there.

“I’ll just have to be a cheer leader for the next few months.”

Swain, who missed last February’s defeat at Berwick for Spartans when his eye got accidentally scratched when he came for a corner just days before the Shielfeld clash, added: “I broke my arm in literally the first minute against Heriot-Watt.

“I got caught by their striker but it was a 50/50, there was no malice in it.

“It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I couldn’t move and I could feel my hand swelling up in my glove.

“I’ve got to go back to the hospital again in a couple of weeks and get more x-rays as they said I might have to get pins put in as it might not heal properly.”