He spent most of last season nursing a shoulder problem – but Bevis Mugabi says he’s ready to contribute every week for Motherwell this term after a much-needed operation.

The Ugandan international missed 15 league games last season as he battled a shoulder injury. Even when he was playing, Mugabi was heavily padded to ensure no damage, aiming to help Motherwell’s Scottish Premiership survival bid. Mugabi scored for Motherwell in last weekend’s league defeat to Hibs, his first 90 minutes since February.

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Mugabi started against Hibs. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Now ‘fully fit,’ Mugabi wants to help the Fir Park club on the park after fixing his shoulder problem: “It was good to be back involved. It was a long time since I played my last game, towards the end of last season, so I was very happy to be back in the team and playing games again. It was good to get my shoulder operated on.

“It was just about finding the right time for me to get operated on. I had to get strapped up heavily for most of last season so I was happy to get it done. I am fully fit again now. It was a very busy fitness room at times! But I’m back and I just want to contribute for the gaffer now.

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“I haven’t played for four or five months and others are just started his first league game coming in, so we’re all trying to get match fitness again – I feel there’s a lot more to come from us within the next couple of weeks, for sure. For me, getting that goal on my return from injury was great. It was a special moment for myself.”

‘Special moment.’ (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Motherwell travel to St Johnstone this afternoon in the second game of the 2021/22 Premiership season. Saints faced Turkish giants Galatasaray in Istanbul during a third round Europa League qualifier less than 72 hours ago, and while the 1-1 first leg draw provides momentum, Mugabi says traveling on the continent takes its toll.

‘Well reached the stage St Johnstone are currently at last season, losing to Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Mugabi said: “It’s intense playing away in Europe as you do get fatigued. But it’s just part of our job and at the end of the day you just have to make sure we’ve recovered for the next game coming up.

“It’s a blessing being involved in those type of games anyway. So we just have to take it and roll with it. It’s always a difficult game, playing away from home against them. They’re going to be strong, defensively, they’ve got some good attacking threats as well. I’m confident that we’ll get a good result. We don’t really fear any team in this league.”

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