Celtic's Ewan Henderson fit as norovirus eases at Ross County

By David Walton

December 25, 2019

Ewan Henderson thankfully looks to have avoided any effects from Ross County’s recent norovirus.

Last weekend, County faced Livingston with several first-team stars out injured. This occurred after a virus seemed to break out at the club. The likes of Liam Fontaine, Michael Gardyne, Keith Watson, and Brian Graham all missed out.

Stuart Kettlewell’s Ross County were struck with a virus (VI Images via Getty Images)

County manager Steven Ferguson stated that the virus had left the club monitoring 10 players (Daily Record). However, their game against Livingston went ahead regardless.

Henderson managed to come on for the final stages of the Livingston defeat at the weekend. He couldn’t prevent County from losing 4-0, but at least he didn’t appear to be affected by the virus.

Virus reportedly easing

And now, it looks as though the virus has passed after the Aberdeen Evening Express reported that County’s three injured stars are available to return for their Boxing Day clash with Motherwell.

That hopefully means that Henderson’s managed to avoid the bug ahead of a crucial couple of games for him. Hendo will likely be a part of the squad to face Motherwell before traveling to St Johnstone on Sunday.

Ewan Henderson appears to have gotten lucky with the virus (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There haven’t been any reported disruptions to County’s training this week. The norovirus County had was a sickness bug that should clear up between a day or two. Therefore, even if Henderson is struck with it, he should manage to make a swift recovery.

With the winter break just around the corner, Hendo could do with making an impact in these final two games. It’s disappointing that he continues to be on the bench despite County’s inconsistency. Behind the likes of Lewis Spence and Harry Paton isn’t where Henderson would’ve envisioned himself being.

Henderson should be in the Ross County squad this Boxing Day (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Yet it’s important that the midfielder continues to ride it out for the season to see if he can break back into the team.

The virus may not have led to Henderson getting a big chance, but the fact it seems to have avoided him is positive news ahead of two big games.