Racchi relief after recovery

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Danny Racchi is ready to return for Kilmarnock this weekend

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Danny Racchi is ready to return for Kilmarnock this weekend

Kilmarnock midfielder Danny Racchi hopes to complete his return from patient to playmaker against St Johnstone at Rugby Park on Saturday.

The 25-year-old former York City player has been out since early October recovering from a knee injury which eventually required an operation. After a couple of setbacks during his seven weeks' rehabilitation period under Killie physios, Alex MacQueen and Ross Goodwin, the Englishman is ready for action.

"The last game I played was Aberdeen at home, so this will be my seventh week," he said.

"I tore my cartilage in my knee. I actually did it against Hearts but I trained and played the following week.

"I got an operation five weeks ago and my knee is feeling good. It hasn't been easy. After the operation I couldn't really do anything for four or five days.

"But I have been doing rehab every day and the physios, Alex and Rosco (Goodwin) have been absolutely brilliant. They have had to put up with me moaning at times, but they have been brilliant and that is why I got back so quickly."

Racchi takes inspiration from Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven who has scored three goals in his last four games since recovering from a similar injury, including one in the 3-3 draw with Kilmarnock at Tannadice last Friday night.

He said: "I know Mackay-Steven had the same operation as me, although I had a little bit of ligament damage.

"He played against us when we beat them 3-1 at home, that was his last game before he went in for an operation.

"It is a similar timescale, he is back playing and playing well. I watched him against us last Friday night and he was flying and so if I could get back as quickly as he has done then I will be happy."

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