Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson is anticipating the proper return of midfielder David Turnbull, after he made his first appearance of the season against St Mirren.

The 20-year-old had been on the sidelines for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign, before making a 19-minute cameo against the Saints at Fir Park on February 25.

Last summer, Turnbull required surgery to fix a knee issue which prevented him from making a move to Celtic.

Robinson is desperate to start Turnbull, but has been advised against it for now (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Now in March, the starlet appears to be closing in on a return to full fitness, but Robinson has revealed that, although he really wants to start him, he is being advised by medical professionals to manage him carefully.

He said: “It’s a difficult one – I have to manage people’s expectations. What I will say is, if I could start David right now, I would.

“We’re under guidance from the specialist in London, so it has to be slow, unfortunately. Ultimately, the biggest thing for us is his health and his future – we want him 100% right.

Wants Turnbull playing now.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“David’s frustrated because he looks perfect, but we just have to make sure we manage the load we put on him.

“He’s back up to where he was [before the injury]. Every time I look round at David Henderson [club physiotherapist] he shakes his head at me and goes ‘no’. He reminds me we can’t do that yet.

“He’s a top footballer, who’ll definitely enhance any team and obviously ourselves when he’s fit.”

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