DUNFERMLINE could be set to welcome back Sean Murdoch after the keeper played for the first time this season.
The former Hamilton Accies, Hibernian and Rochester Rhinos goalie has been sidelined with a wrist injury since the final game of last term in April but featured for the Pars’ under-20s on Monday night.
The 30-year-old has a problem with the lunate bone in his wrist and, with surgery not an option, has tried rest in a bid to cure the persistent pain he has been suffering.
Murdoch, who played 43 times last season as Dunfermline won the League One title, recently returned to full training and played the full 90 minutes as the Fifers’ youngsters went down 1-0 to their Partick Thistle counterparts.
And, with David Hutton having a rare run in the side in Murdoch’s absence, manager Allan Johnston is delighted his number one is closing in on a return.
Johnston said: “Sean Murdoch is getting closer and closer. He started with some handling but we’re just taking it easy and building it up because he’s not done anything for a couple of months.
“Last week he was doing shooting and small-sided games and just getting used to the pace of the ball again, doing some handling and getting his feet moving again.
“He was obviously a massive player for us last season and it would be great to have him back, and he’s getting closer and closer.
“He’s feeling good and hopefully he’ll be challenging for a place sooner rather than later. Hutts has done well but you want competition.”