McAusland boost for Buddies

Defender recovers quicker than expected from fractured eye socket

Marc McAusland: Set to return against St Johnstone at the weekend

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St Mirren have been handed a fitness boost with the news defender Marc McAusland is set to return against St Johnstone after recovering from injury quicker than expected.

The 23-year-old suffered a fractured eye socket against Aberdeen at the end of last month and was thought to be facing a lengthy recovery.

However, McAusland has missed just two games and is set to make a speedy comeback against the Saints in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday.

Buddies manager Danny Lennon welcomed the centre-back's return as his side look to end a nine-match winless run in the league.

He told the Daily Record: "Marc will be back for the St Johnstone game and it's good to know he'll be returning.

"Jim Goodwin has covered in defence and did a good job but Marc has been a big player for us this term."