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Ross targets first-team spot

Nick Ross is looking to sweep back into the Inverness team after recovering from a shoulder injury with the help of a broom.

Ross returned from a near five-month absence with a late substitute appearance in the goalless draw at St Johnstone on December 29 and is pushing for more involvement in Saturday's Scottish Premier League visit of Aberdeen.

That followed a long rehabilitation process with some improvised fitness aids.

The midfielder said: "I got a broom to work on my shoulder and now I have a pipe down the bottom of the corridor that I do exercises with. They are good facilities we have here!

"I had to ease myself back into it, I was passing but no-one could tackle me.

"Before that I couldn't do anything with my shoulder, even eating food or driving.

"You do get down sometimes because you think 'how am I going to get back?' because it's so much hard work.

"Then you get fit but you are not match fit. But the five minutes I got the other week made it all worthwhile.

"The longest I had been out before was a month so it was a big shock to me.

"But when I see someone like Chris Hogg, who has been out for ages and is still going each day, he is never down, that spurs you on. I'm nothing compared to him."

Ross was further encouraged by his run-out in Perth and started for the under-20s as they drew with Celtic in midweek, after working on his own during the winter break.

"It was good just to be involved and getting on the bus down," he said.

"It was better than being stuck in the gym on a Saturday, that was getting to me. It was only five minutes and I felt like had played a whole game but it was good to be back."

Ross knows he faces a fight to get back into the SPL's second-placed side, but with Caley Thistle still in three competitions he is hopeful of a chance.

The 21-year-old joked: "They are almost doing too well without me. They have been flying. It's good to see them doing well and hopefully I can be part of it now as well.

"There are a lot of games coming up but you don't really change a winning team.

"But hopefully I can get in, I just need to keep working hard and working on my shoulder and make it as strong as it can be."