BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Raith Rovers’ promotion push has been handed a major boost after highly-rated forward Lewis Vaughan returned to action after eight months on the sidelines.
The 20-year-old bagged two goals in two appearances at the start of the season before suffering a devastating cruciate knee ligament injury during a League Cup encounter against Albion Rovers in August.
After undergoing a successful operation to repair the damage and coming through a gruelling rehabilitation programme, he returned to full training at the tail end of last month.
And Vaughan’s injury hell finally came to an end on Tuesday night when he played 60 minutes for Rovers’ reserve side, helping the second string to a 2-1 win over their Berwick Rangers counter-parts.
Having endured such extensive damage, Raith boss Ray McKinnon is likely to order the youngster to get at least one more bounce game under his belt before he in considered for a first-team place.
However, he is expected to be in contention for the final two regular Championship fixtures and could emerge as a key man for the club during the promotion playoffs.
As well as starting this season with a couple of goals, Vaughan scored seven goals in 26 games last term, including and 84th-minute winner against Hibernian.