Livi hope to have ‘whiplashed’ Craig Sives back for semi

Craig Sives was hit by a shot from Nicky Low
Craig Sives was hit by a shot from Nicky Low
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Livingston boss John McGlynn is hopeful defender Craig Sives will be fit to take his place in the side for this Sunday’s Petrofac Training Cup semi-final with Stranraer.

The 28-year-old was stretchered off and taken to hospital after being struck in the face by a Nicky Law shot during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Rangers in West Lothian. There was huge concern for the former Hearts player who was replaced by Gary Glen shortly before the half-hour mark.

However, after being discharged from hospital on Saturday evening, McGlynn is keen to have Sives available for selection. “He was conscious on the park so he was only out for a short period of time,” McGlynn explained. “They checked him out and they obviously didn’t think it was serious enough to keep him in.

“It’s like a whiplash situation so he was back in yesterday to be checked out by our medical team. I think there were more concerns about his neck rather than the concussion. It’s a bit early to tell if he’ll be ready for Sunday but I think having that extra day will help. It’s certainly a lot better than we first feared.”

Bradley Donaldson will remain on the sidelines for at least another four months after undergoing an operation on a persistent heel problem.