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  • Neil McCann Has Nothing but Praise for Josh Meekings and Julen Etxabeguren.

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    • 10th October 2017, 1:09 pm
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    It seems that there is some good and bad news coming out of the Dark Blue camp regarding our injury list.

    Scott Allan will most likely be going back to his parent club as Celtic will want to oversea his recovery. Whether that means we will see him in a Dark Blue jersey again will remain to be seen. McCann stated in the news that “Because he’s a loan player we, quite rightly, have to be guided by Celtic and their medical staff. It’s early days and we’re just waiting.”

    Julen Etxabeguren's injury nightmare looks to be coming to a close. The Spanish defender injured his Achilles tendon last March against Partick Thistle and was stretchered off after 69 minutes. He went under the knife to correct the issue and has since been making a slow recovery.

    Jules has played in the under 20's and as recently as last week in Dave McKay's testimonial. McCann said 'That was his third or fourth game and he looks really good. I wanted him to feel like being a professional footballer again with a crowd, against a good St Johnstone side'.

    McCann admitted that before joining Dundee as manager he didn't know much about Julen.

    'I knew he was a quality player but I have to admit that I didn’t know too much about him beyond that. You need to get to know a player personally and see him training. I’ve been able to do that over the last couple of months, But he’s like a new signing. We’ve got Kosta and Josh coming back as well. These are like quality signings outside the transfer window.'

    Another long time absentee Kostadin Gadzhalov is set for a return. The big Bulgarian has been out since July with a Calf Strain which has seen him miss most of the start of the season. Like Etxabeguren, Gadzhalov has recently had a run in a few development league games and now shows signs that he could be back in the squad after the international break.

    Neill McCann has stated that Josh Meekings 'is looking brilliant' and could be nearing his Dundee debut. The ex-Inverness defender had been working on his recovery at Dens Park over the summer, fuelling speculation that the big defender could join the Dundee Ranks. Meekings joined Dundee in August just before the transfer windowed closed, however has had to wait over two months to wear a Dark Blue jersey in a competitive game while getting back to full health.

    'Josh has been looking good in training, but you can’t expect him to go straight in after such a long time out. After the international break, all going well, Josh and Jules will be ready to start pushing themselves for inclusion'.

    While this is good news for the players, this will however most likely give McCann a choice headache, this will possibly mean he will have 6 central defenders to choose from after the international break. However, with the way that the youngsters Kerr Waddell and Jack Hendry have been playing recently, the returnees may have to wait their turn before they get into that starting line-up.

    Photo courtesy of: Derek Gerrard Photography
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    I rate Meekings quite highly so looking forward to him fighting for a spot. With the Waddell and Hendry looking good in the team, he will find it hard though.

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