Buchanan back at training

Premiership

Buchanan was ruled out for six months after undergoing surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and has started "light training" with his Celtic teammates.

“I just started light training today, like passing drills and so forth,” Buchanan tells KickOff.com.

“Next week I meet the surgeon again for a check-up and he’ll give me the go-ahead to start light-contactraining, so like small-sided games,” he adds.

The former FC Cape Town player has been doing rehabilitation for the past three months which has included running and gym, but no ball-work.

“The coach is happy with how I did today at training, and I don’t look like an injured player anymore,” says the 22-year-old.

“I’ve been running for almost three months now, so fitness is not a problem for me. I’m actually slightly ahead of schedule, because I’ve already passed all three of my Cybex tests.”

The current international break, as well as the upcoming Telkom Knockout fixtures will favour Buchanan in his recovery as he will only miss Phunya Sele Sele’s league fixtures against Polokwane City and University of Pretoria on 19 and 22 October respectively.

However, Buchanan says he will participate in the Multichoice Diski Challenge towards the end of October with a view to forcing his way back into the first team in November.

“They said it would take six months before I could get back into action, and next week will be exactly six months. In two weeks' time I will be able to participate in full-contact training, but the coach says he won’t rush me or risk a relapse, so realistically the aim is to have me back for our league games in November.

“In the meantime though, once I get the all-clear from the surgeon, I will play in the Dsiki Challenge in order to get my match fitness up,” he concludes.

Buchanan managed 26 appearances last season, including six subs, and netted one goal for Siwelele before suffering his knee injury. The central midfielder's return will be a welcome boost for coach Ernst Middendorp’s side, who are currently in 14th place on the Absa Premiership standings with just six points from seven games.

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