Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has confirmed in-form striker Kevin van Veen should be fit to face Rangers this weekend after a scan revealed no “major damage” to a shoulder injury suffered at the weekend.
Van Veen has had to take a painkilling injection but the Motherwell boss is happy the Dutchman will be ok to take on Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon.
While the Fir Park boss doesn’t anticipate any further problems, he’ll wait a few days just to see if there is any adverse reaction before making a final decision on the striker’s fitness.
“He’s had a scan and there’s no major damage but he’s had an injection just to settle it down because it’s quite painful for him,” Alexander said [Daily Record].
“It’s a case of doing nothing to antagonise it for two days after the injection and then we will see how it is.”
For Alexander, the trip to Ibrox will be the second of a two-match ban, with the Motherwell boss admitting there were positives and negatives to having to watch the game from the stands.
With coaches Chris Lucketti and Keith Lasley taking his place on the sidelines, Alexander confessed he still wants to be “closer” to his team when they face Rangers on Sunday.
“It was easier to analyse the game as it went along,” Alexander added. “It was hard to communicate any messages onto the pitch, I don’t think Chris’ voice is as booming as mine, maybe.
But at half-time I had a clearer idea about what we needed to change to create the opportunities that we needed and to be fair the players did create a lot of chances and it was one-way traffic in the second half.
“But I still want to be with my team and I still feel value being closer to my team, so it’s a bit of a balance.”