PETER Grant has asked for an extra week’s training before making his eagerly-anticipated playing comeback for Falkirk following a serious knee injury.
The 22-year-old had been expected to play for the first time in eight months in Tuesday night’s under-20s outing against Dundee United after returning to full training last week.
However, after a recent back strain caused by him over-working in the gym, the determined defender is keen to enjoy another week on the training pitch before clearing the next hurdle in his lengthy recovery from a torn cruciate knee ligament.
The ex-Peterborough United stopper suffered the damage in the Bairns’ 1-1 draw with Livingston on January 23 but played through the pain barrier against Rangers the following week before the full extent of the injury was discovered.
Grant, son of the former Celtic favourite of the same name, is now set to play in the Development League clash with Hamilton Accies next Tuesday as he eyes a top-team return.
Manager Peter Houston explained: “Peter is going to play at Hamilton next week, for definite. We’ve spoken about it and he would rather get another week in the legs.
“We were planning for him to play against United on Tuesday night but, simply because of the back injury and the lay-off he had with that, we’re delayed a week.
“It has absolutely nothing to do with his knee. He probably could play on Tuesday but he just wants more training and I’m not going to force him.
“He’s doing full contact training and he wants to make sure he’s ready. If he wants an extra week he can have it because we’re not going to rush him.
“The team has won the last five games so he’s not going to get into the first-team right away anyway. We’ll bed him in gradually.”