Scott Robinson a Betfred Cup final doubt as Livi star misses training

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LIVINGSTON are sweating over the fitness of star striker Scott Robinson ahead of the Betfred Cup final.

The 28-year-old had to be withdrawn just 10 minutes into Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Dundee United after a knee in the spine from Calum Butcher — which occurred just three minutes into the contest — left him with unable to continue.

Livi boss David Martindale quipped after the contest that ‘we’ll need to get him a sleeping bag for his motor’ due to Robinson’s inability to drive home due to the soreness.

Livingston striker Scott Robinson limps off the field | Livingston news
Livingston striker Scott Robinson limps off the Tannadice turf

In fact, it is understood that the tireless attacker took painkillers in order to be able to make the journey south — but was extreme discomfort throughout.

Robinson has subsequently taken no part in training this week and is considered a major doubt for Saturday’s Premiership clash with St Mirren.

Even if his condition does improve in the latter part of the week, Martindale is unlikely to risk one of his key players just eight days before their Hampden showdown with St Johnstone.

More likely is a race against time next week as Livingston aim to get Robinson back on the training pitch and prepared to play some part against the Saintees.

Should the former Hearts and Kilmarnock man miss the showpiece occasion on February 28, it would be a hammer-blow for the Lions.

Robinson has scored six goals this term — including the winner in the 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final triumph over St Mirren — and recently claimed Premiership player of the month for January.