Setback for Flyers assistant coach

Danny Stewart passes instructions from the bench.Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Danny Stewart passes instructions from the bench.Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers assistant player-coach Danny Stewart has suffered another setback in his recovery from a severe concussion.

Stewart has been forced to scrap plans for a possible return to action this weekend after breaking down in training.

“I had a good couple of days this week but then felt really bad during a work-out on Wednesday morning,” he said.

“I was pushing to be back for the weekend, but that’s not going to be the case now.”

Stewart has been out of the team since being knocked unconscious during a match against Hull on November 13.

“Maybe I’ve under-estimated just how bad a knock I’ve took,” he added.

“That’s four weeks now where I haven’t been able to do anything.

“You lose match fitness and any other fitness you had. The longer it goes, the harder it becomes to get it back.”

Stewart will continue as bench coach for the upcoming weekend fixtures.

Flyers travel to Coventry on Saturday looking to end a miserable run of nine consecutive away defeats.

“We’ve got to start winning on the road,” Stewart said.

“It’s all fine and dandy having good performances, but we need to pick up points.

“Teams in this league don’t always play well on the road, but will grind out points, even if it’s through forcing a game into overtime.

“We have to find way to scrape road wins.”

Flyers welcome Cardiff to Fife Ice Arena on Sunday looking to build on last weekend’s stunning ‘Pack the Barn’ win over Belfast.

“We had a great game against Belfast but we cannot get too high about it,” Stewart warned.

“When we suffer tough losses we tell the guys to have short memories - and it’s the same after a big win.

“You take the positives but you’ve got to move forward.

“We have that confidence at home to come out and play well, and it will be Cardiff’s third game in three nights, so they will be tired.

“But we can’t take anything for granted so we have to go after them.”