Motherwell boss Graham Alexander is delighted that captain Declan Gallagher is back in training, but says none of his injured stars will be risked before they're ready.

Alexander says the injury list at Fir Park in recent weeks has been "frightening" and "abnormal", and is trying to find a solution to prevent it from happening again.

Ahead of their 3-0 defeat at home to St Johnstone last weekend, the Steelmen reported that they had 12 players missing.

So while it's important to have Gallagher back in the reckoning, the defender won't be thrown in against Hibs tomorrow.

Alexander said: "Declan Galalgher is back out on the training pitch, which is good, and we're assessing him every day because we don't want to take unnecessary risks with such an important player.

"He's back in training, which is great to see, and we're slowly getting lads back out onto the grass, but because of the injury situation that we've had this whole year we've had to be very careful in bringing people back in and making sure when they do come back in that they stay in full-time training.

"We have to approach that in the right way but it's good to have good players back in full-time training because it only strengthens our case to win games.

Graham Alexander says the injury situation in recent weeks has been 'frightening'
Graham Alexander says the injury situation in recent weeks has been 'frightening'

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"We've had to chop and change, unfortunately, because it has been difficult over the last three games or so because of suspensions and injuries.

"We lost half a team, really, before the St Johnstone game.

"I haven't seen an injury list like this. Last week we had a squad injured, it was frightening, really, and all senior players.

"We had six in the squad last week that had one appearance between them and I defy any team not to be affected by that, at this level.

"It's something that we tried to find answers to. We can't affect the past but we can affect the future and that's what we've got to try and find answers to.

"There are all sorts of reasons and we have to dig deep for the detail, but certainly we can't afford that to happen again, certainly not this season.

"It has been a concern for us because it has been very abnormal, to say the least."

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