Stuart Carswell says he can’t afford to be injured after seeming to have finally won himself a place in the Motherwell starting eleven.
The midfielder, who turns 20 on Monday, looked set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering suspected ankle ligament damage against Partick Thistle.
However, with the injury compressed right away he was able to resume training on Thursday and suffering no ill effects took his place alongside Keith Lasley for the second game in row as Kilmarnock visited on Saturday.
Carswell said: “There was a worry that the injury was serious but thankfully I got lucky and it wasn’t as bad as feared.
“The last thing I needed having just won a place in the team was a few weeks out.
“The gaffer has given me a chance and you want to play as well as you can for as long as you can without being hooked so it was a massive bonus for me to be able to line up against Kilmarnock.”
Now in his fourth season Carswell has passed the 50 appearance mark for ’Well, but with less than 20 of those being starts he is keen to get more under his belt.
He said: “Hopefully I can push on from here and start as many games in a row as possible, but that’s up to the gaffer. All I can do is play my part when selected and I’m enjoying it at the moment.”
Due to the international break ’Well are out of action until they visit St Mirren on Saturday, September 14.
Carswell said: “The break has probably come at the wrong time, maybe we could have done with it after the Inverness game, as when you are winning the last thing you want to do is stop playing.”