Motherwell’s Liam Grimshaw is ‘making good progress’ in his bid for full fitness, according to manager Graham Alexander.

The versatile midfielder has been out of action since Alexander’s first game in charge of Motherwell in January 2021 due to illness. To aid his recovery, Grimshaw played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors bounce game against Queen of the South this week. Motherwell face St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership this Sunday.

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Grimshaw hasn’t featured since January. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Alexander said of Grimshaw: “I haven’t had him much. I had in my first game and I haven’t seen him since on the pitch since. He is working hard but it is slow progress with him due to his illness. We don’t want any setbacks. He is such a positive character and we love having him around.

“He has been in and out of sessions for about a week. We felt getting him into a game would be really important for getting him back to full fitness. We want to manage him properly.

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“He’s a brilliant player and good character as well. We need him back quickly and safely. He’s still a bit off competitive matches. It’s steps with him but he’s making good progress.”

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On the mend. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Alexander has praised the joint-effort from Motherwell and supporters to help provide season tickets. Fans have donated more than £60,000 to help the unemployed or those on low incomes get to Fir Park for games this term – and the Lanarkshire club have matched the total.

Over 5,000 home and away supporters attended Motherwell’s Premiership opener against Hibs last weekend. Alexander said: “The club continuously tries to look after its own. We constantly talk about the importance of the supporters and the community being part of this club and we take it seriously.

“Obviously these decisions are made above my head but we fully support everything that helps the people and supporters of Motherwell. You want to feel good about your employer and your club and it’s not just on how they treat you but how they treat everybody.

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Fan praise. (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Everyone that’s connected to Motherwell can say that they feel a connection and a warmth that comes from the club and a care. That’s really important. We are in the business of winning but how you treat people is just as important and I think we do that really well as a club.

“It’s important that it’s maintained and it flourishes from season to season and year to year because the rewards of that goes round everybody. It’s vital for a club like ourselves, and I know other clubs take it seriously as well.”

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