Stephen Robinson has welcomed the return of David Turnbull after the Motherwell midfielder’s absence from action this term.

It was a testing summer for the exciting Well prospect. After watching a big-money move to Celtic fall through, he was hit with news that he needed knee surgery to prevent further damage to that area further down the line.

Turnbull had a move to Celtic KO’d. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Against St Mirren he made his return after more than nine months out. Turnbull wasn’t able to turn the tide in his team’s favour as Motherwell went down 2-1 against Jim Goodwin’s side.

Liam Donnelly had put the Well ahead from the penalty spot before second half efforts from Jon Obika and Ilkay Durmus handed St Mirren a big win. The Steelmen still have a one-point advantage in third.

Fir Park manager Robinson is delighted to have the midfield talent back but insists his return will be staggered: “It was good to see David back. That’s probably the limit of where he is in terms of game time.

Robinson’s happy for Turnbull’s return. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We’ve got a free week now where we can get him fitter but David is not ready to start matches. Believe me, if he was ready he’d be starting because I could think of no one better to start for us.

“The long-term future of David Turnbull is more important than a short-term fix.”

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