Motherwell defender Steven Saunders on course to return at Christmas

Steven Saunders: Hoping to put injury nightmare behind him

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Motherwell defender Steven Saunders remains on course to return to action at Christmas following his knee operation.

The 21-year-old has stepped up his recovery after undergoing surgery in August.

"I'm progressing very well, I have started running again," said Saunders, who was injured in pre-season.

"Obviously it's just jogging just now but I go and see the surgeon again in a couple of weeks and hopefully I get the all-clear to up the running and the rehab, but everything is going really well so far.

"I was told Christmas by the surgeon and the physio said that's a realistic target, but I don't really set targets because you can get disheartened if you don't hit it on what you expect.

"But Christmas seems like a good time for me to come back."

Saunders made only two appearances last season after rupturing an Achilles tendon while playing for Scotland U21s 14 months ago.