Injury list clears as ’Well get all set for Hampden

EN Sport 09/04/2011. Picture by Dan Phillips. TYNECASTLE, EDINBURGH: Hearts v Motherwell. Hearts Andy Driver in action with Motherwell's Hateley
EN Sport 09/04/2011. Picture by Dan Phillips. TYNECASTLE, EDINBURGH: Hearts v Motherwell. Hearts Andy Driver in action with Motherwell's Hateley

MANAGER Stuart McCall is confident he will have a fully fit squad to choose from when Motherwell set out for their Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone at Hampden on Saturday.

Injured stars Chris Humphrey and Francis Jeffers were back in training this week and two other casualties, Gavin Gunning and Steven Saunders, were expected to join them ahead of the big game.

With everyone likely to be available, the manager will face some tough decisions on who to leave out as ’Well bid to reach their first Scottish Cup final since the famous triumph of 1991.

The manager was keen to play down his side’s tag of favourites to overcome Saints.

Three months ago ’Well ran SPL champions Rangers close before losing their Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final 2-1 at Hampden.

This time they are expected to progress to the final, having clinched their place in the top six of the SPL with a 0-0 draw at Hearts on Saturday.

Saints, on the other hand, were lying ninth in the table before Tuesday night’s game against Celtic and, with only 18 goals to their name, were joint lowest scorers in the SPL.

McCall said: “They haven’t scored many but their defensive record is fantastic and I’m sure they will be looking at that rather than dwelling on the negative side.

“I don’t think there are any favourites. Saints have some good experienced players and it will be down to who plays at their best.

“I would be confident if we can bring our best performance to Hampden, but I’m sure their manager, Derek McInnes, will be saying the same to his players.

“What I do know is we aren’t there for the day out. We have one aim and that is to return to Hampden for the final.”

Full story in April 14 edition of Times & Speaker