NICKY Cadden admits his hamstring injury has come at the worst possible time as he gets set to miss a crucial run of games.

The Morton winger pulled up only four minutes into the second half of the 1-0 defeat to Arbroath, just as he was about to pull the trigger after he was played through on goal by team-mate John Sutton.

With Ton gearing up for important encounters against the likes of Inverness, Ayr United and Dundee, Cadden admits he faces a frustrating time on the sidelines. 

He told the Tele: “It’s a shame that my hamstring has gone just now because we’ve got a lot of good games coming up that I felt I could’ve had an impact in. 

“I’d have loved to be fit for them but that’s just what happens in football.

“What made it even worse is that I was running through on goal and I’d like to think I’d have scored the chance. We could’ve gone 1-0 up and it could’ve been a totally different game.

“It really couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

“I’m now thinking about getting back fit and doing my rehabilitation well with Ali the physio and hopefully there will be no more issues as I’d just missed out on the Dunfermline game because of my hamstring too.

“The result on top of that was hard enough to take because we didn’t deserve to get beaten.

“We deserved at least a point in my eyes because over the course of the game, we created better chances than they did and then their man has hit a peach of a free-kick.

“If we’d have taken our chances in the first half then we’d have been out of sight.”

The winger insists that the Ton aren’t in a precarious position after slipping to eighth in the Ladbrokes Championship, just two points ahead of bottom side Partick Thistle.

He believes the squad that gaffer David Hopkin has assembled has more than enough to compete and stay in the Championship as the Ton go through a transitional period on and off the park.

He said: “We’re not really looking over our shoulders because we know that we’ve got the players to stay in the league and we’ve shown in our performances that we’ve got enough on the pitch and on the bench to go out and change the game.

“We’re having to take it one game at a time and not look too far ahead as we can’t allow ourselves to get caught up on things like that.”