Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has spoken out on how Well midfielder David Turnbull’s Celtic deal fell through and how long his young star’s uncovered injury will take to heal.
The Steelmen have been in Northern Ireland ahead of the new 2019/20 campaign. They’ve taken in games against Crusaders and Linfield, losing 1-0 and winning 3-0 respectively.
Rumours have surrounded the Well in regards to Turnbull this summer, with a move to Celtic seemingly inevitable. The saga is over though, after the Fir Park club confirmed a medical had uncovered an issue with his knee and the two clubs couldn’t renegotiate terms.
Robinson has lifted the lid on how it all unraveled at the last minute due to a knee problem.
He told NTOF: “David could play pain free, it’s a really strange one. When he had his medical we found something that everyone between the clubs, David and his representatives decided that it required preventative surgery.
“He could play on for the next lot of years. We felt his health meant more than any money, more than moves. We’ve decided among everybody that we make sure David has a long career.”
Turnbull will be out for ‘a few months’
Turnbull won’t be available off the bat for the Well. Once he has his surgery, he’ll face a lengthy spell out on the sidelines. Robinson says whilst he doesn’t know an exact timing, it’s likely to be ‘a few months’.
He said: “I don’t know what time it’ll be but what I do know is that we have a £3 million pound player minimum on our hands. He’ll be out for a few months and we’ll see where we are with him.
“We won’t rush him. we’ll make sure he’s 100% right, we’ve been assured he will be. We’ve been reassured that he’ll come back fully fit and we’ll have a top player on our hands.
“I’m very confident we can still get a large fee for him. It’s only preventative surgery, it’s not something that is stopping him from playing football at this moment in time.”
Turnbull will come back bigger and better
Robinson is already looking forward to seeing his young star back in claret and amber: “It’s something we found that we need to take action against now so that it doesn’t get any worse.
“He’ll come back fully fit with the same value, you don’t lose the talent over a few months. We expect him to be back in a few months and raring to go. He won’t be able to play for me for a little while so I’m a little handicapped in that way.
“His career and health though is more important than any one person or any money that comes into the football club.
“That’s what we do, we treat people right. It’s the best decision for everyone and David will come back stronger mentally and physically.”