Dundee boss Neil McCann says he asked Sofien Moussa to “step up” and play through the pain up in Peterhead.
The Tunisian striker was stretchered off after just 11 minutes of Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to Dunfermline.
The Dens boss says Moussa was struggling to breathe after the injury to his ribs and was a major doubt for the trip to Peterhead.
In fact, he was expected to miss the key Betfred Cup clash but painkilling injections saw him start and help the side to a 2-0 victory at Balmoor.
Neil said: “Moussa took a couple of injections before the game.
“I asked him to step up.
“He was finding it difficult to breathe on Sunday with the knock to the side, we weren’t sure if it was broken.
“The good news was as soon as it wasn’t broken it was ‘right, come on, man up’ and get something that will get you through the game.
“It probably wasn’t his best game but he provided a bit of physicality for us and then it was time to freshen up with Craig Wighton coming on and he looked quite dangerous.”
The Dark Blues face Brechin City at Dens today needing victory to see themselves into the knockout stages.
The Glebe Park outfit were stuffed 7-1 in midweek by a rampant Dunfermline as the Pars took firm control of Group D.
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