Injuries to “five very important players” have hampered the start to Dundee United’s season, according to boss Csaba Laszlo.
And once he has a full-strength side to choose from, the Tannadice gaffer is backing his team to be flying in the Championship.
Two games into the league campaign, the Tangerines have been missing club captain Fraser Fyvie, stand-in skipper Stewart Murdoch, left-back Callum Booth, striker Craig Curran and winger Billy King.
Fyvie is closing in on a return to training after the long-term knee injury he suffered in December.
He’s been in light training for the past couple of months and his manager hopes to have him available soon.
Murdoch has had a knee complaint, Booth was injured in the 1-0 defeat at Ross County, while striker Craig Curran made his club debut at Dunfermline after missing the Betfred Cup with a dead leg and Billy King was injured at the very start of pre-season.
Csaba said: “I don’t want to hide that, from the start of pre-season, we’ve had Billy King, Stewart Murdoch, Callum Booth, Craig Curran and Fraser Fyvie – five very important players – missing.
“If you talk about these five, normally they are on the pitch always.
“I miss them definitely, this is half the team!
“Fyvie needs maybe a week or so more, Booth got a stupid injury in the cup game against Ross County, Curran, before Ross County, he got an injury and just for Dunfermline he was back and had to play because we had nobody else up front to play.
“He took a risk to play because he wanted to show what he can do.
“Also, Murdoch has had inflammation in his knee and hasn’t trained for weeks, I hope this week he will come back.
“King from the first day of pre-season has had injury problems which are still there.”