Partick Thistle defender Mustapha Dumbuya (Pictured) has given supporters and teammates a major hint that he is stepping up his return from serious Achilles injury.

The Jags right-back has confirmed he will return to full first team training in December.

The Sierra Leone international has been sidelined for six months since suffering from Achilles problem ahead of his Thistle’s return to full pre-season training in June.

The news that the right-back, who was one of the club’s most impressive and consistent performers last season, was going to be out for several months was a huge setback to boss Alan Archibald.

Dumbuya, 29, told footballsierraleone.net earlier this week that he has just started running and looking to join the first team training later in December.

“I’ve just started running and it’s looking positive so hopefully late December I will be back training with the squad.”

“I’m in good condition, great sharp and I’m feeling stronger than ever after six months out,” he said.

Thistle in seventh position in the current Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership table with only three wins from twelve games.

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