Promising update on Celtic midfielder Liam Shaw after head injury for Motherwell

By David Walton

February 2, 2022

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander provided a cautiously optimistic update on Celtic midfielder Liam Shaw after he came off with a head knock last night.

Shaw was hooked before the break against St Mirren after suffering a cut that “wouldn’t stop bleeding” according to the Steelmen’s official Twitter page.

Shaw is on loan in North Lanarkshire for the rest of the season as he looks to go on a run of games. However, a major injury setback would be utterly disastrous for him given the limited opportunities available between now an the summer.

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Thankfully, Alexander has stated that Shaw “looked fine” in the dressing room as they give the player time to rest and recuperate before the weekend.

As quoted by the Daily Record, the Motherwell boss said: “I am not sure (how he is). He was complaining about blurred vision. I don’t know whether he got poked in the eye or something. I am not sure. But it carried on and we didn’t want to take any risks.

“He seems fine in the changing room and he was in there with the lads. We’ll just need to see how he is.”

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Hopefully nothing too serious for Celtic man Liam Shaw

That sounds a lot more promising given Shaw appeared to be groggy as he came off the pitch last night. You’re first fear is whether the player has suffered a concussion or perhaps something that will keep him out for a prolonged period of time.

Blurred vision, of course, is never a good sign. It’s clear he took a nasty bump and that the cut affected his vision in some manner. However, how long that lasted after the game is still up in the air.

It is, of course, extremely promising that he was chatting away with players after the game. Hopefully that’s the sign that a swift return to action will be a plausible outcome here. Even if Alexander has still to find out the true extent of his damage.

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Of course, what is promising is how quickly it’s taken Shaw to break into that Motherwell starting XI. Especially considering his new boss said after he joined that he wouldn’t just be walking into the side [Daily Record]. However, stat-experts WhoScored ranked Shaw as Motherwell’s best player in their 2-0 loss at Tynecastle on Saturday.

When it comes to what Ange Postecoglou will have been demanding of the player, Shaw couldn’t be doing any better so far. It’s just a shame he wasn’t able to make a key difference against the Buddies last night.

And all eyes now are on whether he’ll make a return to the team for their clash away to Dundee United next Wednesday.

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