Dundee are facing an anxious wait to see if top scorer Sofien Moussa will be fit for the crunch match against Hamilton this weekend.
Fresh from two goals against St Johnstone the week previous, the Tunisian only lasted four minutes of the defeat at Motherwell on Saturday.
The Dens gaffer revealed his targetman had been carrying a calf injury into the game and, after giving away a free-kick in the centre of the pitch, that gamble proved costly early on with A-Jay Leitch-Smith replacing him.
How severe the problem is and how long he’ll be out isn’t yet clear but it will mean a change of plan for the manager.
He said: “We worked on something all week and Moussa went off early.
“He was carrying it but felt it was OK and we felt it was OK but it’s obviously just gone on him.
“We had to change things and it took A-Jay a wee while to get into the game but once he started protecting the ball it allowed us to get up in the game and create.
“We played a wee bit wider with Simon Murray and Craig Wighton and I felt we were getting joy, I thought Simon looked dangerous.”
If Moussa misses out this Saturday at home to Accies, that may see a recall for out-of-favour forward Leitch-Smith.
The on-loan Shrewsbury Town man has six league goals to his name but hasn’t found the net since his 98th-minute winner against Hamilton back in January.
Young striker Cedwyn Scott made his debut at Fir Park and is a possibility while Murray might get a chance through the middle after playing wide right at the weekend.
Whoever Neil chooses, he’ll be wanting them to finish better than the whole team did against the Steelmen as they let plenty opportunities pass them by.
The Dens boss added: “There were several, O’Hara, A-Jay is straight through on the keeper as well, Craig Wighton’s header in the first attack of the game.
“There’s loads of chances there, we made enough to probably win the game.
“I felt we were the better side but we came away with nothing.”