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Dundee Captain Kevin Thomson Pencilled In For Inverness Caley Return


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Dundee skipper Kevin Thomson is in with a chance of a first-team return this weekend.

The veteran midfielder has been out for almost a month after tweaking his knee ligaments in the 2-1 Dens Park win over Motherwell on October 3.

But, having returned to training with the full squad at the club’s Riverside training base on Monday, hopes are high that Thomson could have some involvement at Inverness Caley on Saturday.

While Thomson being back in and around the squad is a huge boost, manager Paul Hartley has a massive decision to make in the Highlands — to play, or not to play his club captain.

Given his injury record since joining the Dark Blues from Championship Hibs last summer, it would be no surprise if Paul erred on the side of caution.

However, having struggled for midfield presence in the 2-1 home defeat to Kilmarnock last weekend, the gaffer could do with a boost in the middle with Thomson’s game management and ability to control proceedings from deep second to none in the Dundee squad.

Meanwhile, whether Thomson comes into the match-day 18 or not, the gaffer is believed to be contemplating changes for the visit to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

A key area up for debate is in the final third.

It’s unlikely the manager will persist with his tactic of playing four strikers in his line-up, so it seems certain one will make way.

With Greg Stewart invaluable to the side’s cause, he is guaranteed, fitness willing, a spot.

Rory Loy, too, has proved a perfect fit in the team since his return from injury and is unlikely to make way.

As a result, Kane Hemmings and goalscorer Rhys Healey could be sacrificed for the clash with John Hughes’ men.

Two players who are pushing for a recall to the side are Nicky Low, who is almost certain to start, and also Paul McGowan.

The midfield duo, both back up to full speed, have been out with injuries.

Low is at full strength following a foot problem and a virus, while McGowan has suffered no reaction after making his return off the bench on Saturday from a foot injury.

The match comes too soon for Julen Etxabeguren, though. The Spaniard remains sidelined with an ankle problem.



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