Liam Grimshaw is determined to make up for lost time under Motherwell manager Graham Alexander after an eight-month battle with illness.

The versatile Motherwell player started for the Scottish Premier club in a 1-0 round of 16 Premier Sports Cup defeat to Dundee on Saturday. It was Grimshaw’s first appearance since January, coming off the back of a battle with glandular fever. Doctors had told him that the illness would keep him out for a while.

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Grimshaw has returned to Motherwell action. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But the 26-year-old didn’t expect it to floor him the way it did: “It was good to be back out there. Being out so long was tough, but I got a lot of support from my girlfriend, mum and dad, family and stuff, and the club.

“There are worse things – a lot of people are going through worse, and I’m all right now, which is the main thing, and hopefully I can crack on. I went to hospital and they told me it can take a while to get over – but I didn’t expect it to be this long. It’s take me a while but it was great to be back out on the pitch.

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“It completely floored me for training and things like that, but I’m ok now.”

Ready to contribute.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was Grimshaw’s first game playing under ‘Well manager Alexander, who arrived in January. The midfielder knows he needs to prove himself quickly: “I never played under the manager early on, so I need to impress, and I’ll try and do what I always do, give 100% and see where it takes me, and see where it takes us.”

Fans booed Motherwell off the park in Dundee as they exited the League Cup at the last 16 stage. Grimshaw added: “It’s a cup game and all the Motherwell fans are always up for the cups.

“Obviously it wasn’t the result that any of us wanted. We were in the quarter-finals if we won, so they’re bound to be disappointed. But hopefully we can start picking up results in the league, which is our bread and butter, really. Hopefully we can crack on in that.”

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