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Injuries not holding County back

By Andrew Henderson

Four goals from Brian Graham helped seal Ross County's place in the Irn-Bru Cup third round.
Four goals from Brian Graham helped seal Ross County's place in the Irn-Bru Cup third round.

Ross County striker Brian Graham thinks it is surprising to see the club at the top of the league considering the number of injuries they have had to deal with.

The Staggies hold a five-point lead over their Scottish Championship rivals ahead of this afternoon's match against Greenock Morton, as well as having a game in hand against Falkirk on Tuesday.

But that advantage has come in spite of long-term injuries to several County players.

The likes of Liam Fontaine and Iain Vigurs have not played since November – with Fontaine's season ending there.

The vast majority of the squad have missed significant chunks of the season so far, and Graham says it is a credit to the club that they have still managed to be so successful.

"We've got a good squad, we've got good players here," Graham said.

"We've got a well-balanced squad, but to be honest the amount of injuries we've had this season has been a joke.

"It's actually surprising where we are considering we've had that many operations. It just shows you the character in this dressing room.

"Whoever plays on Saturday I'm sure will be ready."

Last time out Billy Mckay suffered a season-ending injury, breaking his arm in the process of scoring the winning goal against Ayr United.

Graham has been in and out of the side due to injury and suspension, but he says he is primed to fill the forward's berth.

"To be honest my season has been quite up and down," he admitted.

"I had a groin injury myself and needed an operation, I had back spasms, it's been up and down injury-wise.

"Now I'm feeling fit and ready to go, and we'll see what it brings.

"We've got big characters, and everybody is willing to step up, and that's a good thing."

This afternoon County take on the only side to have beaten them twice so far this season as Morton come north to Dingwall.

But Graham maintains the Staggies see it as a chance to move one match closer to clinching the league title than an opportunity for revenge.

"Everybody here knows that the season is coming to crunch time now," Graham insisted.

"It's five points, we could go eight clear on Tuesday night. It's going to be a massive week, we know the task ahead and we're going to be fully focused.

"They took six points off us, yes it was sore, but it's in the back-burner because we're five points clear now with a game in hand.

"Those games are gone, you can't reflect on the past.

"It's all about this next week and we'll take it from there."

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