IT HAS been a frustrating few weeks for Isaac Layne.
The striker is determined to start finding the net on a regular basis for Stranraer but a troublesome knee injury has kept him on the sidelines.
A goal on his home debut against Motherwell had the Stair Park fans on their feet but Layne’s campaign has been interrupted by an injury to his left knee since then.
An injury against Clyde in the very next game was followed by half an hour against Partick Thistle before the same injury struck against Forfar on Saturday.
Positively, Layne is targeting a quickfire return to the starting lineup.
He said: “The injury is not the worst and, hopefully, if I am not back this weekend, hopefully, I will be back the next.
“I have tweaked my knee a bit, the same knee that I tweaked against Clyde.
“It was fine for 40 minutes against Forfar but I need to get a bit more strength in it and then that is me.
“It is nothing serious, nothing serious at all.
“My studs got caught in the grass against Clyde and I have gone over on it a bit as I was running after the ball.
“I was devastated because it was on the back of a good game against Motherwell.
“These things happen in football and you just have to keep marching on.”
The 23 year old was a long-term target of manager Stevie Farrell and found the net four times in pre-season.
As well as goals, one thing Stranraer fans are looking forward to seeing more of is Layne’s partnership with fellow frontman Luke Donnelly.
Layne only had good things to say about his fellow striker and said: “Luke is a really good player and you can tell he has been at Celtic.
“He is very easy to play with, a very good first touch and he is one step ahead of everyone else on the park.
“He knows what you are going to do and what runs I am going to make.
“I am looking forward to being back and playing alongside him.”
Montrose are the visitors this weekend to Stair Park but tomorrow (Thursday) is equally important for the Stranraer striker.
The Blues will head into training and that could determine if Layne has any involvement in the tie with the Angus side.
He added: “We will see how my knee reacts tomorrow at training.
“I am just taking it day by day and seeing how my knee reacts but I will be back.
“I know that we have got Montrose and then Airdrie and the next home game, against Stenhousemuir, I will be back 100 per cent, fully fit – that’s the plan anyway.”