Motherwell players sent home as bug wreaks havoc at Fir Park with five doubtful for Hearts clash

Five Motherwell players are a doubt for the Hearts clash

Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 11:50 am
Stephen Robinson isn't naming names but says five players are doubtful for the visit of Hearts

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has "massive concerns" over a Fir Park bug which leaves five players in doubt for Saturday's Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hearts.

Defender Peter Hartley missed the midweek win at St Mirren with an illness and others are facing a race to be fit for the visit of the Jambos.

Robinson was keeping names close to his chest but said: "There is a bug going about and people with high temperatures so we've sent a few home.

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"I won't give specific names or too much away but four or five boys have been sent home in various stages of this week so we are just going to have to assess it on Saturday morning.

"We are aware how infectious it is for 48 hours, so the doctor has advised people to stay away from the ground at the moment.

"Same bug that Peter had. It's a massive concern, you don't know who is going to come out with it next. We are in a closed environment. It seems to be quite contagious.

"Over the last few weeks we've had four or five different people with it and some have managed to play. Some have high temperatures as well. It seems to be two different things.

"We won't name the team, we will just see how they are tomorrow. We won't be decimated, put it like that.

"It might be one or two that will be impacted but we will still have a strong side."