Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell hopes for quick return

Kilmarnock keeper Cammy Bell hopes to be back playing in six weeks after having surgery on a fractured scaphoid.

Bell sustained the wrist injury whilst making a save during last week's 2-1 defeat by Motherwell.

The injury came at an inopportune time for Bell's Scotland hopes, with regular internationals Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon recovering from injury.

"Everything went well," said Bell of his operation. "Hopefully that'll speed up my recovery."

Bell told BBC Scotland he will be able to work on moving the wrist within two weeks.

"Hopefully I'm looking at the six-week mark to be back on the pitch and back playing," he said.

Cammy Bell

  • Spent youth career with Annan Athletic and Queen of the South
  • Joined Kilmarnock in 2003
  • Had loan spell at Queens in 2008
  • Made Killie debut in 2009 and soon became first choice goalkeeper
  • Won first Scotland cap against Faroe Islands in 2010
  • Won 2012 Scottish Communities League Cup

"I've been told that the best option was to go and get it pinned, which I did and hopefully that'll speed up my recovery and not hold me back too long.

"As soon as [the ball] hit my hand I knew something had gone wrong with my wrist."

Bell made his only Scotland appearance as a substitute in a friendly win against Faroe Islands in 2010.

"Anytime the [Scotland] squad comes out I look to see if I've been picked," said Bell. "Sometimes you're disappointed, sometimes you're in.

"Anytime I can get in the squad, it's great for me, it's great experience. It's something I want to do, to go and play for my country.

"Just to learn from the goalies and go away with Allan McGregor, Craig Gordon, Gilksy [Matt Gilks] and work with them for a week.

"It's only going to make me a better goalie."

Meanwhile, Bell's club teammate Jeroen Tesselaar hopes Killie can kick-start their season by winning their next two games.

The Ayrshire side host Dundee United in Saturday's Scottish Premier League encounter before beginning their defence of the Scottish Communities League Cup against Stenhousemuir on Tuesday.

"The first three points are very important and then we have Stenhousemuir in the cup on Tuesday - to win both games would be a big lift for all of the team," said Tesselaar.

"I feel that we are starting to grow as a group."