Every second counts in Rory Loy’s race to regain fitness in time for Scottish Cup final

A kick on the back of the leg caused two months of pain to Rory Loy and Falkirk's season run-in

A kick on the back of the leg caused two months of pain to Rory Loy and Falkirk's season run-in

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Maybe it was cramp after a typically intensive shift in the Bairns’ front-line. Home supporters accused him of professionalism to wind the clock down.

It was anything but. Rory Loy’s injury is, and has been, a harsh reality for the striker and for Falkirk.

I haven’t had a time-off though – it’s been busy for me, down working hard in England and back up here while the boys have been off

Rory Loy

Loy was injured in the closing stages of a frantic game in the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter final. It was as close to a broken leg as injuries come. Now, after a two month lay-off and an intensive treatment programme at England’s national football centre, St George’s Park in Burton, Loy might just make it.

“It’s been a long 12 weeks,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “I’ve missed so many games, which seem so long ago with four or five weeks off since the final league game. I haven’t had a time-off though – it’s been busy for me, down working hard in England and back up here while the boys have been off.

“I was smacked. I thought I’d broken it straight away.”

Of course if he makes it, Saturday will be Loy’s final appearance in a Falkirk shirt. A pre-contract agreement signed just days before his injury will see him switch to the SPFL Premiership with Dundee and, perhaps, forego a shot at the Europa League.

“I’d have been sad to end the season without playing another game and my time at Falkirk fizzled out. I’ve had two good years here, everything about it is good - the fans, manager, players, club, the lot. I wouldn’t want to end on a low with missing the playoffs and being injured. It’s the chance for the ultimate goodbye.”

Falkirk cannot fault Loy’s attitude, pre-signing with Dundee, post-signing and since his injury.

“We had the programme in St George’s lined up in principle,” explained executive director Ronnie Bateman, “but we had to check with Rory first. We explained what we believed could be done and if he was agreeable would put the arrangements in place.

“His reaction was ‘when do I go? I’ll get the car and go now’ – he was so keen to recover and help the team he was willing to get in his car and drive down almost immediately.

“It says a lot about him as a player, and a person.

“He has been tremendous on the park for us and we cannot fault him off it, he’s been tremendous over the past two years with us and we will be sorry to see him go.”

Loy too will go with a heavy heart having enjoyed his time as a Bairn. But he is intent on leaving something behind. Something big and silver, and he’s determined to leave no regrets.

“There’s a chance for me to play. I’ve been training the last few days and playing a part in the build-up. I’d love to be involved national cup final - biggest cup final in the country its something we want to win.”

If some thought he was wasting time in the quarter-final, he’s making sure every second counts in his quest for the trophy.