Craig Strachan returns from freak kidney injury for Southend Rugby Club

Echo: Craig Strachan - back in action for Southend Rugby Club Craig Strachan - back in action for Southend Rugby Club

CRAIG Strachan will be out to continue his successful comeback from a freak kidney injury when Southend visit Bournemouth in National Two South tomorrow.

The 21-year-old prop endured 14 weeks on the sidelines after suffering a torn kidney during a practise match in pre-season training.

But the former Southend High School scored a try on his comeback in last weekend’s 44-33 defeat to Taunton Tigers.

And Strachan is now keen to help Chris Green’s side get back to winning ways on Saturday.

“We’re doing much better this season than last but it was frustrating to lose last Saturday and now we want to put that right against Bournemouth,” said Strachan.

“It was a strange one for me last week because I was so glad to be back playing again and to get the try but I was disappointed by the result.

“Hopefully tomorrow will be better and we can get the result we all want.”

Southend head in to the game sitting eighth in an incredibly tight division while Bournemouth are third from bottom in the standings.

The Seasiders will also be aiming for a third successive away win and, after a prolonged period on the sidelines, Strachan cannot wait to be on the pitch once again.

“It was a freak injury, I got hit in the wrong place at the wrong time but there was about a one in a million chance of getting injured like I did,” recalled Strachan.

“I couldn’t really do anything when it first happened and it really hindered me but everything is OK again now thankfully.

“It took slightly longer than was first thought and my match fitness isn’t quite 100 per cent there just yet.

“But I’ll work hard to get it back and can help the team get more wins to finish as high up the table as we can.”

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