Dundee boss Paul Hartley has been dealt a big blow with the news that defender Kosta Gadzhalov is set to be sidelined for up to three weeks.
The big Bulgarian will definitely miss next Friday night’s game at Dens while there is a doubt over another key player, Marcus Haber.
The Canadian striker missed his country’s friendly fixture against Scotland in Edinburgh on Wednesday night after suffering a knee injury in last weekend’s game at Dens against Celtic.
The 29-year-old, who has netted six times since joining the Dark Blues in October, will be assessed next week with Hartley keeping his fingers crossed that he will be passed fit for the Dons game.
Gadzhalov hurt his calf at the start of Tuesday night’s testimonial at Station Park for Forfar stalwart Martyn Fotheringham.
Hartley now only has two fit first-team central defenders in Darren O’Dea and Kevin Gomis with Julen Etxabeguren recently having Achilles surgery and club captain James McPake a long-term absentee because of his knee injury.
Meanwhile, Dundee’s Craig Wighton is in the Scotland Under-21 squad that will play Estonia at St Mirren’s ground next Tuesday night.