CALLUM DAVIDSON has revealed that David Wotherspoon is just weeks away from returning to St Johnstone training.

The Canadian international has been out for nine months with an ACL injury sustained against Celtic in the League Cup semi-final.

Davidson is wary of rushing the 32-year-old back too soon but also mindful of the fact that Wotherspoon has only a few months in which to prove he is ready to go to the World Cup in Qatar.

“David’s itching to get back into training but we’ve just got to be careful with his type of injury,” Davidson said. “He’s working extremely hard because he’s got other goals, he wants to get to the World Cup.

“He’s been doing a lot of running and I think over the next two or three weeks we’ll blend him into a bit of training. Probably in about a month’s time we’ll have him in full training looking to get a game straight away.

“It’s a tricky situation. For me, the medical team and David, it’s about being realistic.

“We all want David to get to the World Cup but at the same time we all want him to keep playing and not get a recurrence of the injury. If he keeps doing everything right, as he is, fingers crossed we can get him back playing and get him to the World Cup.”