Peterhead defender Scott Hooper reckons that he is ‘lucky’ despite being floored by glandular fever and facing fears that the infection had caused permanent damage to his liver and spleen.
The former Queen of the South and Annan 25-year-old had played for six weeks unaware that he was ill before pulling out of the home game with Airdrie in February after being left without any energy following the warm-up.
Hooper was diagnosed with glandular fever the following week and tests were called for to determine the damage to his internal organs.
The tests were postponed due to the impact of the Coronavirus, however after several more weeks of worry, Hooper has now been given the all-clear with the defender reckoning he is ‘lucky’, as he has hardly missed any football.
Hooper said: “It is due to horrible circumstances but I do feel a bit lucky. I am lucky as I have not suffered a worse problem and I am lucky as I have not missed much football. I missed the Airdrie game that I had warmed up for and one against Falkirk a couple of weeks later.”
“It would have hit me harder if I had been watching the boys play week in and week out for a few months.”
“I have been given the go-ahead to start training again. I have not done anything for three months so there is plenty of work to be done. I am looking forward to getting myself in shape again. Whenever football comes back, I will be ready and that shows again that I am lucky.”
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