DAVID TURNBULL, who saw his £3.5million summer move to Celtic fall through, is still at least two months away from returning following his knee surgery.

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson provided an update on the 20-year-old midfielder and insisted he WON’T be rushed back into action.

Turnbull attracted Hoops boss Neil Lennon after breaking through at Fir Park last season and scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances.

It led to an on-off transfer saga with interest from Norwich City, but the Scotland Under-21 prospect knocked back the move to the English top flight to agree a four-year contract with the eight-in-a-row champions.

However, the youngster was devastated when a medical threw-up an issue with his knee that required surgery.

Celtic are expected to return to the table when Turnbull makes his full recovery.

Well gaffer Robinson, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We won’t see him before the end of December. There’s no way we will rush David back.

“It’s a long-term view of making sure he is 100 per cent. We don’t need to rush David back, he is with the medical staff who are doing very well.

“He is making great progress and it’s about holding him back and making sure that he doesn’t push himself too far too soon.”

Asked if the Turnbull had been earmarked for a comeback against Championship side Dundee in the Scottish Cup after the winter break, Robinson answered: “I don’t know.

“To be honest, I speak to him every day and I don’t put any pressure on him at all because if David had his way he would probably play tomorrow, but that’s not going to be the case.

“We will do things properly with David and ensure we are edging on the side of caution.

“A team with him and Liam Polworth in it would maybe make me sit down and relax a bit more knowing that we are not going to give the ball away too many times.

“But we will be patient with that because ultimately we want David back not breaking down and being 100 per cent again.”

Robinson’s men take on St Johnstone at Firk Park this afternoon.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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