Hooper’s return to fitness delayed

Apr 14, 2020


Peterhead defender Scott Hooper’s return to fitness work from potential damage to his spleen and liver following a bout of glandular fever has been put on hold due to the impact the coronavirus is having on the National Health Service.

The 25 year old former Queen of the South and Annan player was a regular starter at the Blue Toon until he was withdrawn from the Balmoor side’s starting line-up just minutes before they were due to face Airdrie at Balmoor in February after he told the club’s medical staff that he felt unwell and did not have enough energy to play.

Tests revealed that Hooper had been suffering from glandular fever for six weeks and the lengthy period before discovering he was unwell may have caused damage to his spleen and liver.

Ultrasound checks were due to take place this month however they have been postponed with manager Jim McInally saying: “The good news is that Scott is feeling a lot better and is doing more work with his day to day employers. However, he cannot do any training until he has the ultrasound checks.”

“They have been put on hold just now and everyone can understand the reasons for that. It is frustrating for Scott but he knows that we want him back for the new season whenever that starts and hopefully that helps him at this difficult time.”

Craig Stewart