Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnon relieved by recovery of Iain Davidson following sickening concussion

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Ray McKinnon admits he has been left relieved by Iain Davidson’s recovery from a ‘horrible’ head knock, despite the Raith Rovers stalwart being ruled out of tomorrow’s trip to face Alloa Athletic after suffering concussion.

Davidson required five minutes of treatment on the pitch early in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Queen of the South after a sickening clash of heads with Dale Hilson.

The 32-year-old was taken straight to hospital on a stretcher and with his neck in a brace.

Ray McKinnon

McKinnon has confessed he feared the worst when the former Dundee midfielder lay motionless as Raith’s medical team and ambulance staff rushed to his aid.

However, although he did not take part in the team session, Davidson returned to Rovers’ training ground yesterday and is on the road to recovery.

McKinnon explained: “Iain Davidson is in today but I think he was concussed, so he’s going to miss the game on Saturday.

“It looked terrible because he was down for ages and never moved. I really feared the worst.

“So, it was great news to find out he was okay.

“It was horrible at the time but he’s got the all-clear. He’s fine, but a bit groggy and a bit forgetful.”

Focus

McKinnon, who described the rest of his squad as the ‘walking wounded’, with almost a full team’s worth of talent not training, is thrilled with the way his side have seized the initiative in the race for fourth spot.

The Stark’s Park men now enjoy a seven-point lead over Queens, after a run of four wins in their last five outings, and the Kirkcaldy boss is eager for there to be no slip-ups against bottom side Alloa tomorrow.

Having been dealt a blow for next season with the news that James Craigen has penned a pre-contract agreement to join Falkirk, McKinnon added: “If we can get through Saturday’s match with a positive result then it will have been a great period for us.

“Then we can really regroup and focus on how we’re going to set out for the rest of the season.

“We’ve had a plan for how we’re going to get through this period, which we’ve surpassed, to be honest, and if we can get a result on Saturday it would be amazing.

“The most important thing on Saturday is that we go out and we concentrate and focus, and treat this game with the same intensity as the games we’ve had recently.”

@IainCollin

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