CRAIG Curran is ready to break Hearts after shrugging off illness and injury.
The Ross County striker has fired in half-a-dozen goals this term despite yet another head knock and an ankle cut forcing him out of games.
He missed out on the club’s pre-season training trip to Spain with the head injury in the friendly with Elgin, then had to limp off with a gashed ankle in a League Cup clash against Hibs.
But Curran has bounced back and insisted: “It is just nice to be out there with a smile on my face and being back with the guys.
“I’ve got six goals now and it has been a good start, but I was still knocked out and suffered a cut ankle so although it has been a good start, it’s also been a rough start.
“Just being back in training every day is a massive bonus.
“That was my target last year, just to get back training and playing. And I knew if I could do that the rest would follow.
“Now we need to start winning at home and giving the home fans something to cheer about, starting with Hearts this weekend.”
The Ross County ace insisted it was all about looking forward and chalking up that vital first home league win of the season when County tackle the Jambos tomorrow.
Curran suffered a head knock at Kilmarnock two years ago which left him with long-term concussion symptoms, causing him to miss large chunks of his County career. He received special manipulation treatment to resolve the problem, but has also had to battle back from shingles and glandular fever, as well as his ongoing fight with debilitating Crohn’s Disease.
He said of new manager Owen Coyle’s winning start: “We obviously got off to a flyer with the win at Kilmarnock and training has been really good.
“We have been buzzing about and we are looking to take that last result into this week’s home game with Hearts.”
Curran praised former management duo Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds after their recent dismissal.
McIntyre had kept faith in Curran during his battle back from illness and injury and the player said of the double sacking: “We had some really good times with Jim and Billy and their record here speaks for itself.”
He added of Coyle: “I knew of the new gaffer from being down in England. although I’d never met him personally.
“But his clubs speak for themselves. He’s been at some top clubs and it’s an exciting start.
“We’ve played some really good games in terms of performance levels, but when you’re not getting results it doesn’t matter.
“Both came together against Kilmarnock, but it’s just one game and we need to do it again this week.”