Stephen Robinson reveals that Motherwell midfielder Andy Rose faces three weeks out injured

Andy Rose faces three weeks on the sidelines (Pic by Ian McFadyen)
Andy Rose faces three weeks on the sidelines (Pic by Ian McFadyen)

Motherwell midfielder Andy Rose will be sidelined for three weeks after cracking a kneecap in training, the Motherwell Times can reveal.

The absence of Rose - as well as Craig Tanner who will be out for up to six months with a knee injury - further weakens the squad and ’Well gaffer Stephen Robinson hasn’t ruled out signing a free transfer before the season is out.

Stephen Robinson is currently having to cope with injuries to senior Motherwell players Craig Tanner, Andy Rose, Peter Hartley, Liam Grimshaw and Ellis Plummer (Pic by Ian McFadyen)

Stephen Robinson is currently having to cope with injuries to senior Motherwell players Craig Tanner, Andy Rose, Peter Hartley, Liam Grimshaw and Ellis Plummer (Pic by Ian McFadyen)

“It is the forward area I’m looking at,” the Northern Irishman told the Motherwell Times. “There is not a lot out there but we are always looking.

“We have Ryan Bowman and Curtis Main, but maybe Deimantas Petravicius and some of the younger boys will get a chance.”

Seventh placed Motherwell - who trail Hearts by six points with just three games to play until the split, will have a full week’s training as usual this week but won’t play another Premiership fixture until a home clash against Rangers a week on Saturday.

The Steelmen then take on Aberdeen at Fir Park on Tuesday, April 3.

“We are full of confidence going into every game if we play like we can,” Robbo said.

“We can cope with any team in the division which we showed on Sunday.

“I haven’t given up on a top six finish this season until it’s mathematically impossible.

“Football is a strange game and there will be some strange results between now and the split. We need to win games but we have beaten Rangers and Aberdeen before.”