Injured Bairns duo return to training

Image: by Gary Hutchison. Blair Alston is helped off the pitch by Jay Fulton and physio Kris Robertson
Image: by Gary Hutchison. Blair Alston is helped off the pitch by Jay Fulton and physio Kris Robertson
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Blair Alston and David McCracken are being monitored after they returned to training after injuries this week.

Defender McCracken has yet to play for the Bairns after signing during the summer, and has slowly been recuperating from a leg injury.

Photo: John Devlin. Blair Alston was a second half substitute in the Ramsdens Cup win over Ayr and restored to the starting line-up for the league match at Livingston

Photo: John Devlin. Blair Alston was a second half substitute in the Ramsdens Cup win over Ayr and restored to the starting line-up for the league match at Livingston

However he took a full part in training at the start of this week and Gary Holt will assess his former Wycombe Wanderers team-mate and his reaction to the training regime.

“David is certainly tired after this week, he’s had two days full training after a while out and we’ll assess his reaction to that. We don’t want to set him back through over-work,” the manager told The Falkirk Herald.

Alston picked up a knock on the knee against Dunfermline and limped out. Swelling and bruising has taken time to settle but he too returned to training this week.

“Blair took part on Friday last week and early in this week, its a case of seeing how the injury settles and how he reacts to it.

“If I can include Blair in the squad for Saturday, I’ll be a happier man, but it’s something we have to nurse through.

“It’s a long season, and we’ve played a lot of games in a short space of time and maybe the injury gives him a bit of a rest too - especially with the way he plays - so it takes that decision out my hands, we’ll assess it the rest of the week ahead of Saturday. The swelling and bruising took a wee while to go down, but he has looked comfortable this week.”

Ollie Durojaiye also missed the defeat at Raith Rovers but will be in contention for the return trip to Fife to play Cowdenbeath.

“Ollie was out for a bit of a rest, we want to perform well in the league and if I need to give a few players a break for the cup games if they’re carrying knocks it’s for the benefit of the team.

“We could have played Ollie on Saturday and then nursed him through the week with his knock but we gave him the rest, and the down-time, and hopefully we see benefit on Saturday,” added Holt.