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Ferguson 'in a better place' with rehab on schedule

Scotland midfielder Lewis Ferguson
Lewis Ferguson missed Scotland's Euro 2024 campaign [SNS]

Lewis Ferguson says he is "in a better place now" after the initial disappointment of picking up a serious knee injury that ruled him out of Bologna's Serie A run-in and Scotland's Euro 2024 finals campaign.

"It's been difficult of course," the 24-year-old midfielder told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound. "There's been ups and downs, but I'm positive. I'm happy with the way I'm progressing.

"I'm beginning to feel more and more like myself again physically. I'm looking forward to being outside again - that's the next stage, getting outside and on to the grass."

Ferguson admits that keeping himself positive mentally is "half the battle".

"Initially, it is tough physically - you can't move much and do the things you normally do," he said.

"Then, mentally, it is difficult too. There is never a good time to suffer an injury like this, but I just felt the timing was really bad with the Euros just round the corner.

"That was my thoughts as soon as I got the results back from my scan. When the doctors were explaining my results, it was my first question before they even told me I had done my ACL. But I am in a much better place now."

Ferguson still expects not to play again until close to the end of this year, meaning he will miss the start of Scotland's Nations League campaign.

"It depends on the body and how it reacts," he added. "They said it was going to be at least six months from surgery and I think that will be late October-November time, so if everything goes to plan, I'll be back by the end of the year.

"But I don't want to put pressure on myself."