FALKIRK defender Peter Grant will tonight make is playing comeback after eight months out – and has his famous father to thank for speeding his recovery, according to Peter Houston.
Grant damaged his cruciate knee ligaments in the 1-1 draw with Livingston on January 23, although the full extent of his injury only emerged a week later after he had played 90 minutes against Rangers.
The 22-year-old underwent surgery to repair the damage and spent the initial stages of his rehabilitation working with the medical team at Fulham, where dad Peter, the former Celtic favourite, is on the coaching staff.
And, as the stopper prepares to play 45 minutes for the Bairns’ under-20s against Hamilton Accies this evening (Tuesday), Houston has praised the London club for helping out – for free.
He said: “Peter will get 45 minutes against Hamilton Accies and then maybe an hour in the next game and step it up to 90 minutes.
“It’s been a long road for the big fella, but he’s been getting stronger and stronger, and now he’s had that extra week’s training he’s desperate to give it a shot. I’ve spoken to him and he’s looking forward to it.
“He’s had great help from Fulham. In the early period they worked him hard, because they’ve got all the facilities we couldn’t offer.
“He’s probably back quicker than he would have been if we had had him here on his own.
“With his father being a contact there it was great and I’m thankful to Fulham and the physios who worked with him for all the work they did. They did it for nothing and great credit to them.
“It was different class and thankfully his dad is in the same job we are, knows the script and wants to see his son back.”