Dundee are set to welcome experienced pair Darren O’Dea and Paul McGowan back to contention for Saturday’s crunch clash with St Johnstone.
Club captain O’Dea has been out of action since limping off in the second half of the 1-1 draw with Hearts almost three weeks ago.
That hamstring problem kept him out of the following trips to Celtic and Rangers but he’s now expected to return to manager Neil McCann’s plans for the weekend Tayside derby.
The Irish international returned to the side after the previous meeting with Saints at Dens Park saw the Dark Blues torn apart in a 4-0 thumping.
Coming in against Aberdeen in the centre of a three-man defence, O’Dea led the team to a much-improved defensive performance and was doing the same against the Jambos before he pulled up injured.
McGowan also missed the previous Tayside derby through suspension and was kept out of the 4-0 loss at Rangers with a knock picked up in training a few days before.
He’s been training, though, and the manager is likely to able to call on his preferred midfield three of McGowan, Glen Kamara and Mark O’Hara.
Forgotten man Kosta Gadzhalov, meanwhile, has undergone surgery on the shoulder injury he picked up while on loan at Brechin City.
The Bulgarian hurt himself in just his second appearance for the Glebe Park club and won’t be fit for action again this season.
With his Dens contract coming to an end this summer and having not made a single first-team appearance, he’s more than likely played his last game for the club.