Glenavon captain Brendan Shannon is to meet with a consultant tonight (Thursday) to try and get to the root of his injury problems.
The 24 year-old has been out for over a year after initially going off with medial ligament damage at Ballinamallard last September.
Since then, two attempted comebacks have been all too brief with recurrences of the injury again keeping the captain on the sidelines.
Now, however, he hopes tonight’s meeting will be the beginning of the end of his problems
“At least I know the next step now,” he told the ‘MAIL.’
“We’ll see what to do after that. We’ll just have to take it from there. I might have to have another scan, I’m not sure at the minute.
“I had been waking up with some pain every day but there has been an improvement this week. I’m hoping for some good news on Thursday. You never know, he might even give me the all clear to start a rehabilitation process. As regards a timeframe of when I’ll play again, I suppose I’ll know more on Thursday.”
The Blues are certainly giving him every motivation to return to action, their sterling start to the season seeing them sitting just a point behind leaders Portadown. Even though he hasn’t been involved on the pitch, Shannon says he has noticed a more determined attitude within the squad this season.
“We’ve been scrapping away at the bottom of the table but there has been a difference this year,” he said.
“Even in the squad, it’s obvious now that all the boys have the same goal.
“I came up in under age teams winning leagues and cups and was used to winning. Then at times it seemed like I had gone from that to playing with boys who maybe weren’t fussed about winning.
“I’ve always been competitive. I can’t take being beaten at anything. It always affected me at Glenavon but you looked around and it seemed like it didn’t affect some of the other guys as much.
“It’s not like that now at all. We’re all in it as a team.
“It’s great for the players but it’s also great for everyone who has been working hard at the club such as the board, Gary (Hamilton) and his staff. They all give their all.
“It’s great for the fans as well. It’s been a very long time for them to wait for a bit of success. Our cup run last season got a bit of a buzz about the place so it’s good to feel a buzz again this season.”
Shannon also seems delighted with the new personnel that have been brought to the club:
“We’ve signed a lot of good players. I was at Crusaders when I was younger and it was obvious that David Rainey was a great professional. It was always clear that he was something special.
“Winkie Murphy has done brilliantly as well. Not many players get past him and that’s a testament to him and how he’s looked after himself. Gareth McKeown had added something new to the team as well.
“All the news guys have done well and Guy Bates is like a new player. He put in a lot of work over the summer and one look at the goals and assists tallies shows that it’s paying off.
“Rhys (Marshall) and James (Singleton) have kept their feet on the ground. We’ve seen them in training for the past year and they’ve been very impressive. They could have what it takes to make careers for themselves across the water.”
And as the skipper hopes to be beginning the final road toward his return, he is in no doubt what end of the table he wants to be playing at:
“If we can stick together then hopefully we can move on to challenge for the top six. I don’t want to get too carried away but it would be great if we could eventually establish ourselves in that top half and get Glenavon back to where they used to be.”