Csaba’s anticipating a fitness boost ahead of Dundee United Championship opener

Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo
Dundee United manager Csaba Laszlo

Dundee United boss Csaba Laszlo expects to have close to a full squad to pick from for Saturday’s opening Championship clash with Dunfermline.

Only Fraser Fyvie and Billy King won’t be fit enough to take at least some part at Tannadice.

Fyvie remains on course for a return from his long-term knee injury at the end of this month or early next.

King, meanwhile, is still struggling with the thigh problem that’s hampered him since the start of the pre-season work.

And while he’s back doing some training, he won’t be ready. The good news is Craig Curran should be ready to take his place in the attack.

The English striker has not played since suffering a dead leg in a closed-door game against Cowdenbeath last month but Csaba expects him to be ready to face the Pars.

“Craig trained with us even last week so he will be, if nothing happens, a part of the team.”

And Stewart Murdoch is set to return to the line-up after missing the win at Elgin last weekend.

“He had a problem at the beginning of the season and last season he had a fracture,” explained Csaba.

“At the moment, sometimes, he tries to compensate for this pain in his leg and the knee gets a little bit swollen.

“He didn’t play the last game but he is also back in training. That gives us more options.”

After impressing when he came on at Elgin, new winger Yannick Loemba could start.

The Congolese wide man is still working on his fitness but his pace could earn him a berth in the starting line-up.

“He came a little bit late, I wished to have him here one week earlier. He is working and definitely he is good enough for 45 minutes and why not for 90?”