Frustrated Motherwell boss has SIX top-team injuries to deal with

Motherwell boss Stuart Kettlewell already has six top-team injuries to contend with this summer
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Motherwell boss Stuart Kettlewell says he was missing six first-team players as his side beat Livingston 2-1 in a pre-season friendly this afternoon.

Goals from Shane Blaney and Moses Ebiye had the Steelmen seemingly high and dry by the interval at Fir Park, but Tete Yengi halved the deficit to provide a nervy finish, with a Trialist firing a shot past the left post late on.

Kettlewell says he has looked into injury prevention, but is still looking at an extensive crock list.

He said: “My biggest frustration is that we’re sitting here with six injuries to guys that probably could and should be on the pitch, that would add loads to the group.

“But we can’t keep saying that, we have to make sure we have as many players readily available.

“Paul McGinn was one, when we were out in Holland on the first day and that was a contact injury, but for the rest of it we have to make sure we have as much availability as possible.

“We would hope to get Paul back on the pitch in the next couple of weeks, maybe the next week or so, hopefully.

Zach Robinson and Ross Callachan are both on the injury list
Zach Robinson and Ross Callachan are both on the injury list -Credit:Motherwell FC

“Sam Nicholson is a bit more of an uncertainty, Zach Robinson is carrying another niggle, so it’s when that settles down.

“Probably the most frustrating one is Johnny Koutroumbis, from absolutely nothing we’ve got a muscle injury there that will keep him out for longer than just a couple of weeks..

“That’s a bit frustrating. He was looking good, fit, strong, and somebody we really feel can add to our group.

“That’s probably the longest-term one.

“Ross Callachan is a muscle injury but it doesn’t look too significant, so again hopefully we can get Ross on the pitch back sooner rather than later.”

When asked if he looks into injury prevention, Kettlewell smiled wryly before saying: ““I would be amazed if anybody spends more time on it.”

Kettlewell was pleased with aspects of the win over Championship newcomers Livingston, however, and said: “We’ll take loads from it, in the sense that we’re playing against a good team, in my opinion, getting a few players playing for the first time at home, getting a little bit of a crowd in here.

Motherwell racked up a 2-1 win over Livingston at Fir Park this afternoon
Motherwell racked up a 2-1 win over Livingston at Fir Park this afternoon -Credit:SNS Group

“In the first 45 in particular I feel we completely dominated the game, there’s not any points at stake here, but I think the run of the game was ours.

“In the second half we came out and were lacklustre, we didn’t have the same level of energy, or the same thrust in our play.

“We were rusty but I suppose that’s why these ganes are here, to try and get rid of that ring-rust and let a few players experience playing here at Fir Park.”

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