Carswell ready to add insult to injury

Lynn Corrigan and Dot Clelland of The Port Gallery were invited for lunch and a tour of Fir Park after winning a signed Motherwell football at the Lanarkshire Business Show. Stuart Carswell was joined by Doug Ingles of the Well Society Business Club to present the prize
Lynn Corrigan and Dot Clelland of The Port Gallery were invited for lunch and a tour of Fir Park after winning a signed Motherwell football at the Lanarkshire Business Show. Stuart Carswell was joined by Doug Ingles of the Well Society Business Club to present the prize

Stuart Carswell was forced to admit defeat as he tried to play through the pain barrier, but is now ready for a return to action.

The Motherwell midfielder risked long-term injury as he took to the field against Dundee United and Hearts in recent weeks despite suffering from a thigh strain.

However, after missing out on the Hibs game earlier this month and then with the Inverness game being pushed back to tonight (Wednesday) he says he is ready to return.

Carswell said: “I was struggling for a few weeks with a thigh strain and one or two other knocks, but I am starting to feel better now.

“Against Dundee United it was touch and go, I got treatment in the morning and it was decided if I played and something happened it would put me out for a while, but I wanted to be involved.

“It was one of those injuries that the only cure was rest, and it didn’t get any worse which was obviously good for me, but it did mean that eventually I had to take some time out.

“We had a little bit of extra time off so a number of the boys are getting back and the training pitch is certainly a lot busier than it was.

“It was getting to the point there was only a few bodies training, but now we can actually play games and do our preparations properly which is a bonus.”

’Well face an Inverness side sure to be hurting after their League Cup final defeat to Aberdeen on Sunday, and Carswell says that will make them even more dangerous.

He said: “I made my debut the season we lost the Scottish Cup final and although I didn’t travel with the squad that day, I imagine it is a major downer.

“However, Inverness can still take major credit for how they performed in a tough game for them.

“I have no doubt John Hughes will have them up for the game and they’ll be looking to bounce back.”

Inverness sit just six points behind third-placed ’Well in the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand, as they and Dundee United have both brought themselves right back into contention in the race for Europe.

Carswell said: “There was a big gap at one stage, but Inverness had a lot of games in hand so they, along with United, are building a bit of momentum and we will need to be on our toes.

“I expect they will come flying out the traps, I don’t know how long their legs will last after extra time on Sunday, but they will want to show their fans just what a good team they are and won’t be using tiredness as an excuse.

“Aberdeen have been flying this season and Inverness held them over 120 minutes.

“We know exactly how hard they’ll be to break down on Wednesday.”