David Martindale says signings from England like Liverpool loanee Adam Lewis have missed ‘most of pre-season’ – and a return to the transfer market may be needed for Livingston.
The Scottish Premiership club’s start to the season has been disrupted by injury and Covid-19 cases. Left-back Lewis arrived from Liverpool with a knock while Both Jack McMillan and Jaze Kabia are out for eight weeks with knee injuries. Josh Mullin has left on loan for Hamilton and Martindale says his Livingston players need ‘up to speed.’
Livingston’s manager explained: “The boys who are coming back from Covid are getting thrown into the deep end a bit, so they are picking up a few niggles themselves. It’s just something we are going to have to manage as a squad. It makes you heavily reliant on 13 to 14 players and in the Premiership.
“I think that’s really difficult putting that on those players. So I am probably going to be looking at trying to bring one or two more in, I would imagine. At one point we had 24 players and that’s probably me down to the bare 17 to 18. We will have a wee look at the market and see what’s available.
“What I’m finding is boys who have come up from England have missed a pre-season with us. Young Adam (Lewis) and Cristian Montano missed most of pre-season because they came in with knocks, Tom Parkes missed pre-season due to Covid, and Andrew Shinnie never did much of a pre-season.
“We are now right in the thick of it and there’s no middle ground. Our training is high intensity and quite difficult on a daily basis, so I am finding their bodies are still adjusting to the aggression and physicality. It’s getting these boys up to speed as quickly as possible.”
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