According to the Motherwell Times, David Turnbull’s return to training happened earlier this week as he finally gets back on the grass for Steve Robinson’s side.
Turnbull looked like being Neil Lennon’s first Celtic signing of the summer. The Hoops agreed a £3.25m figure for the Scottish youngster, but he ultimately failed a medical that forced him to have preventative surgery (Scottish Sun).
It couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Turnbull either. The Steelmen hero rattled home a stunning 16 goals in 34 appearances from the engine room last season, and the world was certainly at his feet (Transfermarkt).
And after a full first half of the season that saw him sidelined, it finally looks as though he’s on the road to first-team action once again.
The Motherwell Times has claimed that Turnbull has returned whilst with Motherwell on their mid-season training camp in Spain.
A big five months awaits for Turnbull
It remains to be seen if Turnbull’s dreams of playing in green-and-white are over for the time being. Whilst nobody would expect us to move for him this month, it’ll be worth keeping our eye on whether he can return to the same form that sparked our interest.
As it stands, he has a solid challenge on his hands. Motherwell’s midfield have been no slouches this season. Allan Campbell, Liam Donnelly, and Liam Polworth have proved to be a successful trio for Robinson. He likely won’t be dismantling that until he sees proof that Turnbull is 100% ready.
But if he can get back into the side and return to his previous form, this is something worth looking at in the summer. Turnbull would’ve been a fine option to bring on from the bench against Rangers on December 29th for example. Fresh legs in our own midfield remains a necessity.
There’s no word as of yet as to how long Turnbull will be building up his fitness levels. After all, his last game was back in May. That’s eight months ago now. It could take a few weeks before he’s in and around matchday squads.
Nobody can deny his attitude to the saga though. He’s been praised by his club’s Chief Executive Alan Burrows for his commitment and desire during his spell on the sidelines (Scottish Sun).
Now, it looks as though he’s about to be rewarded for it as he reportedly starts his comeback.