Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says Jake Carroll deserves credit for staying strong in his continued injury rehab.
The left-back suffered an achilles injury earlier this year and hasn’t featured since February. A positive occurred last week as he returned to group training for the first time since his injury.
Left-back has been a problem for Robinson ever since as the Well boss credited Carroll: “Jake Carroll’s been training but he is still a good few weeks away before we get him into any competitive games.
“To see Jake on the pitch training with the boys is a positive. I have had a real problem with that left-back position. We brought Ricki Lamie and Nathan McGinley in as centre-backs.
“But we have had to use them at left-back as we expected Jake to be back a lot sooner. Covid was a problem as for the first two months we couldn’t do any rehab with him at all so we are about two months behind with Jake.
“I thought we would have him back by early September but I have had to ask people to do jobs, especially Ricki, who is an out-and-out centre-back. Nathan’s also more of a centre-back.
“Jake also had problems with Covid-19 early on so Covid has really affected him. The physios couldn’t see him early on so it’s been a long road for him. But mentally he’s a really strong boy. It’s looking a lot brighter but not soon enough. We need more boys like Jake and it’s one we hope is sooner rather than later.”
There are contract talks underway too at Fir Park. Several stars are out of contract at the end of the season, with reports suggesting talks with midfielder Liam Polworth are underway.
Robinson says offers have been made to players at Motherwell: “We have made offers to numerous players. I won’t talk about individual players as that’s a private affair. But we have made numerous offers to players.
“That’s up to them what they do. We know where we can go to with the ceiling we have got and we’ll see where we go from there.”
The Motherwell manager also watched on as former star David Turnbull stole the show for Celtic in European competition against Lille. While proud of Turnbull’s achievements, he says it’s not up to him to decide what Turnbull does at Celtic.
“He did well,” said Robinson. “I watched the game, it was a great result for Celtic, a super goal and he was involved in everything they did – but that’s no surprise to us because we’ve worked with him and know the quality that he has.
“I have to concentrate on Motherwell. David has done great, he was very good last night, but what happens after that is really none of my business. He’s a top, top player, we said that and Neil Lennon knows that as well, and I’m sure he will go on to big things.”
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