Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull has opened up about the moment the severity of his knee injury dawned on him last summer.

Turnbull was all set to join Celtic and become the Well’s record sale, only for the move to collapse at the medical stage.

An issue was discovered with the starlet’s knee, which required him to undergo surgery.

Motherwell have released the documentary ‘David Turnbull: the comeback story’ (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

The player’s move to Parkhead was put on hold, and he made his return to action just last month with a 19-minute cameo against St Mirren in the Premiership.


In an emotional documentary released by the club entitled ‘David Turnbull: the comeback story’, the 20-year-old  talks about when he was first told about the issue.

He said: “I went in and had a meeting with [Neil] Lennon and then spoke to the physio after the medical and he just said that something had come up with my left knee, but he didn’t think it’d be much to worry about.

“On the Sunday I got a phone call, and had to go to Belgium on Monday to see a specialist.

Tough to take.  (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Monday morning, it was about 6am. I found out just before we got on the flight to Brussels that I was going to need an operation. That was gutting, that was the first time I heard.

“I was obviously gutted, just hard to take in, it was crazy really.

“Motherwell wanted a second opinion from another specialist so I went to London and saw Andy Williams, the surgeon who operated on me, and he was just saying the same stuff.

“The surgeons told me I could play on for another five to ten years and it couldn’t hurt me, but that I could go into training tomorrow and it could go as soon as that and just snap off.

“They said it could happen whenever and that it could end my career.”

Turnbull return could see Well secure third

Turnbull isn’t quite ready to start for Motherwell according to manager Stephen Robinson, who has been warned by medical professionals.

Robinson is itching to start David Turnbull again

Robinson is itching to start David Turnbull again (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That said, it doesn’t seem he is too far off having made a cameo against St Mirren last month.

Robinson has claimed Turnbull is back at the same level he was before his operation, which is a huge boost for the club’s hopes of sealing a third-placed finish this term.

Hopefully for fans, it won’t be too much longer before he’s back in that starting XI.

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