Peter Caruth made a goalscoring comeback on Thursday night as Annadale moved to within a point of the top of the Ulster Premier League table with a 3-0 win at Mossley, writes John Flack.
Caruth aggravated an ankle injury in scoring the eighth goal in Dale’s Kirk Cup final win over Cookstown on St Stephen’s Day and then did further damage during rehab.
But now he says he’s feeling good and, it seems, he could be fit for a return to Ireland duty at the World League 2 tournament at Stormont next month.
“Tonight’s game was somewhat rushed with the World League just around the corner and tomorrow will tell more on how the next few weeks will pan out for myself with regards the foot.” he said.
“The battle from Boxing Day and the re-injury three weeks after on a medical treadmill has probably been my toughest rehab to date, not so much physically but mentally as this year had seen my best hockey and enjoyment in the sport for some years.
“I think the next 48 hours are crucial for myself with regards World League 2 for the team, as experience in the forward line is lacking but there is great youth and speed pushing through.
“This was my first game since December and the decision to play was brought on the morning of the game so it was a rush to be prepared personally for it.
“Again this was my first game back but everyone that knows me ‘not giving in’ is a big motto for me and I have been off feet- conditioning for the last month and a half and at the gym three times a week to prepare to get back.
“I’m in great shape and tonight a goal plus the fact playing with my team again put a smile back on my face and I felt fresh.”
The Irish squad will be announced by Craig Fulton on Monday lunchtime at Stormont.