Manager rules striker out of Rangers clash v Motherwell after injection
By Danny Wright
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has confirmed that striker George Newell will not be fit to take part in his side’s Scottish League Cup semi-final clash with Rangers on Sunday.
Newell, 20, has not played since September due to a knee injury, but it has now been revealed that he has had to have an injection in his foot and will not play against the Gers this weekend.
Centre-back Ellis Plummer was also ruled out of the Hampden Park clash by Robinson, however he did reveal that Deimantas Petravicius has returned to training and is in contention to feature against the Light Blues.
“Deimantas has come back into training this week so he could be involved,” said Robinson in his pre-match press conference on Friday, as shown on Motherwell’s official Youtube account.
“George Newell’s had an injection in his foot.
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“Ellis Plummer’s got a slight hamstring strain so bar those three, we’re fully fit.”
Pedro Caixinha is just two wins away from securing his first piece of silverware in Scotland, but will have to get past Motherwell first, who have look strong in the Premiership so far this season and sit just one point behind the Gers in the table in fourth place.
Rangers’ only fitness worries for the weekend are the absences of Jordan Rossiter and Lee Wallace, both of whom have been on the sidelines for some time now and although they may be nearing a recovery, Caixinha is unlikely to risk either of them in such a high-stake game.
Celtic face Hibernian in the other semi-final clash on Saturday, meaning that there is potentially an Old Firm final on the horizon should both the Glasgow giants win their respective ties.
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