Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has provided a fitness update on Well stars Devante Cole, Liam Donnelly and Chris Long.

All three have been big players for the Well this season but missed the Boxing Day clash with Ross County. They were big misses, but Robinson’s side prevailed regardless.

Robinson’s men were brilliant in Dingwall. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Blair Spittal had handed Ross County the lead after sustained Steelmen pressure before a Lewis Spence sending off changed the game.

Ross MacIver netted a brilliant curling effort on his debut against former employers County before Declan Gallagher headed in another Liam Polworth corner to send the three points to North Lanarkshire. It keeps them third in the league.

In the wake of this clash, Robinson’s provided an update on the fitness of his three missing men ahead of Sunday’s derby with Hamilton.

Long could return for Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Chris Long was missing with injury, Devante Cole had a bug on Christmas Day and Liam Donnelly was missing too, so we were probably missing three of our starting XI,” said Robinson.

“I’ve no idea if they’ll all be back for Sunday. I’m hopeful that Long will be involved as he travelled up here with a late fitness test. Liam Donnelly will be touch and go.

“They may have a fight to get back in the team.”

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