Peterhead’s Scott Hooper gets all-clear after illness concern

Scott Hooper has been given the green light to build his fitness back up after illness cut short his season even before the Covid-19 shutdown.

Sunday, 24th May 2020, 2:11 pm
Scott Hooper in action for Peterhead against Falkirk last season

The Peterhead defender hasn’t played since taking ill just before the Blue Toon’s match with Airdrie at Balmoor in February.

But he’s now been given the double boost of an all-clear from the doctors and confirmation from manager Jim McInally that he remains in his plans despite being out of contract.

McInally told the club website: “He only joined us on a one season deal but he knows that once we have a way-ahead I will be speaking to him about returning to Peterhead.”

Hooper signed for Peterhead last summer after two seasons at Annan Athletic and the 25-year, who also spent three years at hometown club Queen of the South, established himself as a regular starter for McInally.

However his season came to an even earlier end than most players when he fell ill just minutes before he was due to take the field against Airdrie.

Hooper told the club’s medical staff that he had been feeling unwell for several days and did not have enough energy to play - and tests at that time subsequently revealed that the centre back had been suffering from glandular fever for six weeks.

There were fears that the lengthy period before discovering the cause of the illness may have caused damage to Hooper’s spleen and liver.

And to add to his uncertainty there was further agony when ultrasound checks were postponed due to the impact of the coronavirus on medical services.

However those tests have now been carried out and Hooper has been given the all-clear to start building up his fitness .

McInally said: “With the coronavirus and this illness it has been a worrying three months for Scott but thankfully he has received good news.

“He can now start working towards fitness for when football comes back.”