Australian young gun Aaron Mooy is on the road to recovery after sustaining a stress fracture in his back.
The 20-year old St Mirren midfielder has not been seen on the pitch so far this season because of the problem but he feels like things are going well and expects to be back in action sooner rather than later.
"I did it in pre-season when we had a bounce game, I went in for a slide tackle and my back was in pain, so I came off," said the former Bolton Wanderers youth academy player.
"I had a scan a couple of days later and it showed that up. I was worried as there was a little fracture in my back but Gerry (Docherty) the physio said I'd be fine and put my mind at ease.
"I had two weeks off and was told to do nothing. I just stayed at home and watched television.
"When I came back in I started doing light exercises on my core muscles to strengthen my back.
"I didn't think too much about it, I thought I was just in a bit of pain but then it got worse.
"My rehab is going well, I've started to pick up on the aerobics and starting to run more.
"It's been frustrating because I'd done all the pre-season work, all the running and all the hard stuff before it happened but there's nothing I can do about it now.
"There's not really a timescale for when I'll be back. It just depends on how I feel and if Gerry feels I'm ready to go. It shouldn't be too long as I know I'm close."