Dundee United defender Callum Morris should be fit for Sunday’s derby at Tannadice.
The big Geordie only returned to action at Motherwell on Friday after being out injured since the defeat at Hearts just before the turn of the year.
And although he completed the 90 minutes at Fir Park, he was hurt in a tackle with ’Well veteran Keith Lasley during the second half.
United, though, are hopeful it will not prove the latest bad break in an injury-hit past 12 months or so.
Since early last year, the 26-year-old has been sidelined by various injuries, the last coming when he was carried off in the defeat at Tynecastle on December 30.
That’s curtailed his appearances this term to just nine so far but, despite this latest blow, the Tangerines are keeping their fingers crossed he can now get a prolonged run in the team.
“Callum got a knock on his ankle in a tackle. I don’t think it’s a problem and he should be OK,” said boss Mixu Paatelainen.
And he’s stressed what a big asset a fit Morris can be.
“I thought his pace was important for the Motherwell game because they have pacey players up front who can cause problems.
“Callum is very quick and very aggressive and he uses his pace well. It was good to get him back.”
United are keeping tabs on Airdrie midfielder Liam Watt.
The 22-year-old, presently on loan at Brechin City, is the Diamonds’ top goalscorer for the season.
He moved to Glebe Park after rejecting the offer of a full-time contract from Airdrie and is set to leave permanently this summer.