Dundee United have vowed to stand by defender Lewis Toshney as he battles back from injury.
Toshney featured, and scored, for the Tangerines on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Rangers at St Andrews in a reserve match.
It was a welcome return to action for the 26-year-old, who has been plagued by injury during his time at Tannadice.
He joined Arbroath on loan at the start of the season after recovering from a long-term knee problem suffered back in October 2017.
But, just 45 minutes into life at Gayfield, Toshney broke down again with the same knee issue and there are serious concerns over his ability to recover fully.
However, reports earlier this week suggesting he would not play again have, as Tuesday’s run-out proves, been wide of the mark.
That said, there is no doubt the defender faces a real battle to get himself to the standard of fitness required for full-time football.
However, Toshney is contracted to the Tangerines to the end of this season and the club have vowed to do everything they can to help their player regain match fitness.
They have also handed the former Raith man a route into coaching with United’s U/15 squad.
The ex-Celtic and Dundee man has played 39 times for the Tangerines – scoring one goal – since following boss Ray McKinnon from Stark’s Park in 2016.
Meanwhile, Fraser Fyvie, Billy King, William Edjenguele and Sam Wardrop were all handed game time on Tuesday.