David Turnbull says he never doubted his career would be finished by knee surgery last summer.
The Motherwell academy product had a stellar 2018/19 campaign, scoring 16 goals with seven assists. It cemented his place as one of Scotland’s hottest prospects and a switch to Celtic was almost over the line. A knee problem was flagged up during his medical at Parkhead and Turnbull required surgery.
It ruled him out for much of this campaign but the Motherwell midfielder made a triumphant return against St Mirren a few weeks ago. Speaking to BT Sport and Motherwell hero Stephen Craigan, prior to the SPFL shutdown, Turnbull says he never thought the situation would end his career.
“I was stuck in the room myself, the gym myself, but I’ve got the confidence in myself that I knew I’d come back” said Turnbull. “I just want to kick on, but it never came into my head at all (a fear he would never return).
“I’ve been here since I was nine all the way up and they’ve looked after me. Even since the summer they’ve been brilliant with me, all the staff, a special mention to David Henderson. He’s the physio and he’s helped me the full way.
“Once I was training, I was desperate to play. Sometimes I was held back for my own good but I was really wanting to play.”
Waiting for now
Following his return against St Mirren, Turnbull made a further appearance against Hearts, the last Well game before the enforced shutdown. It’s a bit of blow for the midfielder who was just getting back into the swing of things.
In the meantime, he has had surgery to remove pins from his operated knee. With football not expected to return until at least the summer in many people’s eyes, this gives Turnbull the chance to recover from the necessary procedure.
It’s great though that one of Motherwell’s top talents has been able to get back to playing after what was a horrible situation for him so early in his career.