Motherwell have been boosted by the quicker than expected return of three injured players.

Bob McHugh, Fraser Kerr and Zaine Francis-Angol have trained all week and are back in the squad for Saturday’s visit of St Mirren. It’s a timely boost for ‘Well boss Stuart McCall who, only two weeks ago, had as many as eight players on the treatment table.

McHugh picked up an injury during the first half of the Scottish Cup clash at New Douglas Park three weeks ago.

Fraser Kerr had to go off after just ten minutes against Celtic and Francis-Angol looked as if he might have been missing for several months, but detailed scans provided good news and the Antiguan International was cleared to resume training much quicker than expected.

McCall said: “The main positive news from this week is we’ve got a three of players back in training, McHugh, Francis-Angol and Kerr. “With so many games in short succession over Christmas and New Year, the more options you have, the better.

“We weren’t expecting Zaine to be back so soon, but he got some really welcomed news after we thought he’d be out for two to three months at least. Hopefully the diagnosis and the treatment he has got has propelled him forward.

“Zaine, along with Bob and Fraser, will provide increased competition for places and are in contention for this weekend.” Meanwhile, the Scottish FA have confirmed Shaun Hutchinson will be banned for one match after picking up his sixth SPFL booking this term.

The 23-year old went over the disciplinary threshold when he was booked in Satuday’s 2-1 win over Ross County. The Englishman will be free to face St Mirren on Saturday and Aberdeen on Boxing Day before the suspension kicks in.

He will sit out the trip to Partick Thistle on December 29th before making his return against St Johnstone on New Year’s Day.


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