Hammell looking forward to break

Fraser Kerr joins the Motherwell injury list with ankle ligament damage
Fraser Kerr joins the Motherwell injury list with ankle ligament damage

Stevie Hammell hopes Motherwell’s three weeks of inactivity will allow the squad to be revitalised for the remainder of the season.

With the League Cup semi-finals this weekend, meaning Saturday’s visit to St Johnstone has been postponed, immediately followed by the Scottish Cup fifth round ’Well don’t play again until they host Partick Thistle on February 15.

However, with the squad stretched to the point that five teenagers were on the bench for the visit of Aberdeen on Saturday, Hammell believes it is the right time for a rest.

He said: “When I saw the weather on Saturday morning I was worried the game might be off, but it was all hands to the pump and everyone worked really hard to make sure it was on.

“It was a game we desperately wanted to play with the little break coming up, but by the same token the three weeks has come at an excellent time for us.

“Hopefully by the time we play Partick Thistle next month Simon Ramsden will be close to fitness after his knee surgery.

“In addition Fraser Kerr got injured against Aberdeen, while Iain Vigurs had to miss the match and there were lots of players who needed ice packs after the game.

“As such it is an opportunity to allow all the guys a chance to recover and come back fit and sharp because once we do return to action we’ll have a lot of games we’re looking to win so will need everyone available.”