Falkirk manager Peter Houston handed double injury boost – and avoids SFA ban

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Falkirk manager Peter Houston admits he could freshen up his defence following the weekend’s defeat with Peter Grant and Aaron Muirhead back in contention to face Dundee United.

Grant, who has been sidelined since January with a serious knee injury, was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Raith Rovers but improved his fitness with a 90 minute run out in Monday’s Under-20s win over Dunfermline.

Right-back Muirhead also returned to training at the start of the week having been out since August after undergoing a knee operation.

petergrantHouston said: “Peter got a nice warm welcome from the supporters when he went to warm up on Saturday and he got 90 minutes for the 20s on Monday night against Dunfermline.

“Who knows? I’ve obviously not picked the team for Saturday but the great thing for me is that he was a big, big player for us over the last couple of years.

“He’s back in contention again and it’s up to him to get that first team jersey again.

“Once he gets it, it’s up to him to keep it but he was a very consistent performer before and I’ve no doubts he can be again.

“Aaron Muirhead also trained on Monday, that’s quicker than expected. It’s good to see him back.

“He is a big fit guy and we’ll see how he gets on the rest of the week. If he’s in contention, he’ll be back in the squad.”

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•The SFA have decided against taking any disciplinary action against Peter Houston, despite the Falkirk manager being sent to the stand at the weekend.

The former Scotland assistant was dismissed from his technical area by referee Barry Cook during Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at home to Raith Rovers.

However, the Bairns boss insisted he did not use foul language during the incident and was adamant he should not be punished.

And the Championship outfit have since received a letter from the SFA to inform them the matter will not be taken any further.

A Falkirk spokesman said: “Following correspondence with the Scottish FA, Falkirk Football Club can confirm that no further action will be taken against manager Peter Houston who was dismissed to the stand during Saturday’s match against Raith Rovers.”

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