JORDAN Allan is facing an anxious wait to see if his shoulder injury will keep him out of this weekend’s trip to Forfar Athletic.
The summer signing had not missed a minute of Stranraer’s opening five games until he was forced off against Montrose with 16 minutes remaining.
The full-back got to a loose ball first but in trying to hurdle the Montrose defender’s outstretched leg he landed awkwardly on his shoulder.
Allan spoke to the club website just minutes after the full time whistle on Saturday, complete with an ice pack on his injured shoulder.
He said: “The way I fell forward, I have landed with all my weight on my shoulder and my neck.
“I did not hear any pop or crack, so, that is not worrying me.
“I have never dislocated my shoulder and it was not hanging down by my side either so that is not a problem for me.
“It is just there are ligaments in there and there is a lot of bone bruising.
“It has steadily got worse since I came off and even trying to get a shower and get my clothes off has been an absolute pain.
“I don’t know how next week is looking.
“I will see the physio but right now I feel sick constantly and it is not great, to be honest.”
The defender came off with his side 1-0 up and looking well on course for three points.
However, in the home dressing room he was unaware of the ongoing drama, which saw three goals in under five minutes.
In fact, he was in so much pain he was unable to even look at his mobile phone to see what was going on.
He said: “We started alright and once we got the goal it settled the nerves completely.
“I think we took over from there, all the way through to a couple of minutes after I had to come off.
“Mark Stewart coming off was massive as well because he was playing really, really well.
“He was keeping the ball for us and helping us get up the park.
“David Dangana did really well but he has not played 90 minutes before and you don’t want to injure him either.
“The injuries killed us today but as a team I am really impressed.
“We are moving the ball really well.”
Allan highlighted the positive mentality in the Stranraer camp, which has already seen them find three equalisers this season.
The Blues found themselves a goal down against Montrose with little over 10 minutes remaining but hit back to claim a point when it looked like the game was slipping away from them.
Allan said: “The boys are all round each other – it’s not like there is a blame culture.
“We are all together as a team, we are all with each other and we will go again next week.
“I think it was more two points dropped than one point gained because we have played very well.
“The supporters have seen, everyone has seen, how we can play against opposition from different leagues.
“In terms of our own league, things can change in five minutes and you are 2-1 down.
“That’s football and we had the mentality to come back.
“From what I hear, we could have completely chucked it but we did not.
“The gaffer never lets us have that die mentality, we will always fight until the end.”
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