Motherwell badminton star Alex Dunn hopes to compete at the European Individual Championships in May after playing for months with an injury.
The 22-year-old discovered a stress fracture in the ball of his foot and has been in a protective boot for 11 weeks.
That forced him to miss a few tournaments, but Dunn is back in training.
Alex said: “I ended up with a stress fracture with a bone in the ball of my foot. I first noticed pain in March of last year because we were doing a lot of outside running on harder ground, because we’re used to more cushioned courts.
“I didn’t think much of it, and neither did my physios, so I continued to train even when we got back on court.”
Alex had a scan on the foot before taking part in the Denmark Open and the SaarLorLux Open in Germany last October, with the result revealing the stress fracture.
Opting against an operation, Dunn waited for the injury to heal, and hopes he’s over the worst of it.
He said: “I’ve just came out of the boot, I was in it for 11 weeks and I have had a couple of scans to show that it is healing, but we’re being a bit cautious and will let it heal fully before we start loading it.
“Hopefully, going well, we’re prepping for the first tournament being back as the European Individual Championships, which is in the middle of May.
“That’s quite a big goal for me to just be back on court, and it’s quite a big tournament anyway so that’s what I’m aiming for at the minute.”