Dundee United promotion bid boosted by Scott Fraser return

Dundee United's Scott Fraser (L) celebrates his goal against Dunfermline in December with Willo Flood

Good news at last for Dundee United as they expect playmaker Scott Fraser’s return to boost their promotion charge.

Fraser has been out since the end of December after limping out of the 2-0 loss at St Mirren with another issue with his broken foot and the Tangerines’ form has plummeted during that time.

Combined with the injury to fellow central midfielder Fraser Fyvie, United’s engine-room lost its ability to control games and, consequently, began losing points.

However, Fraser is now just two or three weeks away from a return to first-team training and manager Csaba Laszlo is delighted to see the improvements shown by the mercurial talent.

Csaba said: “Scott Fraser is in training, not with the team at the moment but on his own individual training.

“It is good to see a player put his boots back on and feel like a football player again.

“That is very nice to see him going in the right direction.

“We hope in maybe two or three weeks he can be involved with the team, which would make us stronger.”

With game postponements racking up with last week’s snow adding to United’s already-busy fixture list, Csaba says he’ll need everybody at his disposal if the club are going to get themselves to the play-offs.

Starting on Saturday at Brechin City, the Tangerines have 13 games left before the end of the campaign.

Should they get to the play-offs, a journey to the final would then add another six matches.

That means March will be a very busy month for the club with seven games already scheduled and having the postponed home match against St Mirren added in is a possibility.

That volume of matches puts the pressure on the club’s fitness staff to keep the players fit and firing, something Csaba is aware of himself.

“With 13 games to go, we have to make sure everybody is training and prepared,” he added.

“We have to concentrate on the job and after the 13 games we see where we are.

“To be honest, I want to be on the football pitch every day but players need their recovery time.

“We will need everyone for these 13 games and everyone needs 100% concentration.

“It will be normal training but we will look after the players and make sure they recover in the best way.

“It is most important we collect the three points, though.

“That makes it easier for everybody to keep going. If nobody gets injured we will be happy.

“I’m sure not everybody will be available to play every three or four days but it is good we have a larger squad which will help us.”

What had been sometimes approaching an injury crisis for United is beginning to ease now with William Edjenguele and Jordie Briels ready to return to first-team action.

Long-term absentees with knee injuries, Fraser Fyvie and Lewis Toshney, meanwhile, are doing well but are not expected to return this season.

Csaba said: “It is good to see Fyvie is in training — light training on his own — but it is good to see.

“Toshney is not yet but he is feeling better and better.

“William and Jordie as well are coming back so we will have some people back very soon and that is important — we have 13 games and we will need everybody.

“For this reason, it is may be good to have the games off but on the other side it will not be easy for them coming back.”