MOTHERWELL boss Stephen Robinson has given an update on the condition of former Celtic target David Turnbull as he continues his fight back from injury.

The player’s future was the transfer saga of the summer, it was on and off again so many times with the Scottish Champions. However, in the end David had snubbed Norwich to come player for Celtic.

With Neil Lennon declaring David was in the building, a photo of him in a Celtic shirt in the boardroom being leaked onto social media, it all looked good for David and Celtic.

Fast forward 48 hours after that day and David had still not been confirmed as a Celtic player, there was rumours going around that the deal had fallen through for various reasons. It came to light David’s medical had shown up something in his leg the club weren’t happy with.

The problem would require immediate surgery and the player would be out for a significant period of time. Celtic still tried to make the deal, but for a season long loan so they could get the player up to speed and then pay the fee the following summer. Motherwell couldn’t accept those terms as there was no guarantee Celtic would fork out the cash at the end of the loan agreement.

Since then, David has gone under the knife and has been in rehab and recovery since. The midfielder is off crutches now but he’s not quite ready to get back at it.

Speaking to the media, Robinson gave an update as to where David is at. This could have implications for Celtic and if they try to sign the player in January.

“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 he could be back straight after the winter break, Robinson said: “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.