Hooper targeting early return
Gary Hooper is pleased with his progress from injury and hopes to be back sooner rather than later.
Last Updated: 05/01/11 3:15pm
Celtic striker Gary Hooper is pleased with his progress from an ankle injury and hopes to be back playing sooner rather than later.
The Bhoys feared the worst last month when the former Scunthorpe United striker was stretchered from the field against Kilmarnock.
Manager Neil Lennon crossed his fingers the 22-year-old, who tops the club's scoring charts, was not seriously injured.
It had been thought Hooper would be absent for up to six weeks, although just two weeks later he is now jogging again and working on his fitness.
"It was really sore when it happened," he told the club's official website. "I knew I'd done something and had to go for the scan, but I've been lucky really.
"I was initially told it would take six weeks but it happened two weeks ago yesterday and I'm jogging already, so hopefully it will be shorter than that.
"I have to take it easy and hope my ankle doesn't react so the jogging hasn't been too intense. It's just been light and slightly quicker than a walk."
Georgios Samaras bagged a brace against Rangers on Sunday, but Hooper is not being side-tracked by how to get back into the team.
"Every striker is a threat to my place in the team, not just Georgios for getting two goals against Rangers," he continued.
"I'm just concentrating on my own game, though. I just want to get back playing and that's the main thing.
"My only target is to not get injured again. I want to stay out of the physio room and keep scoring goals for Celtic."