Shrewsbury Town's Dave McAllister hoping to return after injury

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Shrewsbury Town midfielder Dave McAllister is hoping for good news tomorrow regarding the ankle injury which prematurely ended his campaign last season.

Dave McAllister of Shrewsbury Town

McAllister missed the last eight games of the season after picking up a knock in the dramatic 2-1 home win over Bradford City on March 22.

He hoped to return to action, but suffered a setback in rehab and a syndemosis tear was diagnosed in mid-April.

But after spending the last six weeks with his injured ankle in a protective boot he will tomorrow have a new X-ray which he hopes will see him given the green light to start the road back to fitness.

He said: "I have to go back for an X-ray with the specialist tomorrow and once he confirms everything looks good the boot will come off.

"Then it will just be about doing my rehab and building the strength back up so I am ready for the first week of pre-season.

"I am going to have to build up to kicking a football again once the boot comes off. I have worked with (club physio) Chris Skitt and once the specialist says its OK we'll go from there."

McAllister added that it had been incredibly frustrating having to sit on the sidelines for Town's end-of-season run-in, which saw the team relegated to League Two.

"It was heartbreaking to sit there and watch because you are kicking and heading every ball," he said. "I was just disappointed with the way it ended because I never thought at any stage that it was going to happen.


"But having to sit on the sidelines and watch it happen was hard to take."

McAllister, who made 29 appearances last term, is already looking forward to next season.

Asked how he felt about the prospect of increased competition for places he said: "I think every player is the same. Competition kicks you on."

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