Injury list finally starts to clear up

Stuart McCall and Kenny Black should have more options available for the trip to Ross County on Saturday.
Stuart McCall and Kenny Black should have more options available for the trip to Ross County on Saturday.
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Stuart Carswell is set to undergo further tests to discover the cause of the mystery illness that floored him prior to Motherwell’s last match.

As ’Well lost to St Johnstone the midfielder was stuck in hospital for several days.

Assistant manager Kenny Black said: “It was a bit of a concern, the doctors think it was some sort of virus and he will have to go for more tests, but hopefully it will be good news.”

Carswell has resumed training as has Craig Moore who is fighting back from a cruciate ligament injury.

Black said: “It’s good to have Craig back involved,the medical staff are delighted his progress is ahead of schedule, but it will still be many weeks before he is back in action.”

However, Stevie Hammell, Iain Vigurs and Simon Ramsden could all be back in contention for the trip to Ross County on Saturday.

Black said: “It was good having the break as it gave our injured players another couple of weeks.

“Simon had ten minutes against St Johnstone which will do him good and while Stevie and Iain won’t definitely be back this week they are getting close.

“One thing is for sure we will be much stronger as a squad in the coming weeks than we were before the international break to start putting in the performances to get as back to where we should be.”

It will be Jim McIntyre’s first game as County boss and Black warned about the potential new manager boost.

He said: “We knew by the time we played them a new man would probably be in place, teams tend to get a lift from a new manager, but we just have to guard against it.”