Cheryl McCulloch on returning from injury and the season break


Cheryl McCulloch

Cheryl McCulloch re-joins Eddie Wolecki Black’s matchday squad with just two games left to play after suffering a concussion and a broken nose during Celtic’s goalless draw with Motherwell back in March. Having returned to training a couple of weeks ago, she confesses it is frustrating to come back just as the long break looms.

“I’ve been thinking about it and trying not to think about it at the same time, but it’s been good to get back in with the girls,” McCulloch began.

“I got an elbow to the nose playing up front against Motherwell and I felt it crack. I didn’t think it was too bad until I came off the pitch and the girls said that there was something not right. I then had concussion for two weeks got my nose reset which meant another six weeks, so it has been quite a frustrating process.”

McCulloch admitted that picking up an extended injury while the season was still in its infancy was as frustrating as you’d expect, and while trusting the process was a given, it didn’t make the waiting game any easier.

“It’s been hard to watch the girls play and train, knowing I could potentially take part but not yet being allowed. Some people might look and think ‘she’s fine, I wonder why she’s not training,’ but you need to take the advice from the specialists and coaches, be professional and not come back too soon and get injured again.

“I’m just excited now. The girls have been excellent so I need to work really hard and hopefully get some time under my belt before the season stops for a few months – which in itself is quite frustrating,” she laughed.

Of the side’s 3-0 win over Hibs, she commended their efforts and said it did ease the annoyance of taking it in from the dugout slightly.

She said: “The girls were superb – I was really proud to watch them, they were fantastic, and it makes it a bit better being on the sidelines, I’m so happy for them.”

As she prepares to work her way back into the fold, the defender, who previously played as a centre forward for Hamilton Accies before moving into defence under Wolecki Black at Glasgow City agreed that the injury may be a sign not to return to her striker days as she comes back in.

“Probably! It’s probably a blessing in disguise, I was running about like a headless chicken! I think my striker’s boots are well and truly hung up, for now, anyway!” she pondered.

Celtic now play Spartans at home on Wednesday, May 15 at K-Park, East Kilbride. KO: 8pm.

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