Neil McCann hopes to have Dundee captain Darren O’Dea back after broken nose

Dundee's Darren O'Dea goes off the pitch after suffering a suspected broken nose against Motherwell.

Dundee manager Neil McCann is hoping to have club captain Darren O’Dea available for this weekend’s crunch clash at Hibs.

Last time out, the Dark Blues fell to a fourth-straight defeat with a 3-1 home defeat to Hamilton.

That was without skipper O’Dea after he suffered a hefty head knock in a 1-0 loss to Motherwell last Wednesday.

The 30-year-old suffered a suspected broken nose as well as a concussion.

That means it’s a waiting game for the manager as there are strict medical measures that need to be addressed before he’s cleared to return to action.

Neil said: “We’re still monitoring him, there’s protocols you have to cover with concussion so, hopefully, he’ll be back for this week.”

Another who missed the Accies game was left-back Kevin Holt.

The former Queen of the South man has been an almost ever-present for the Dark Blues this season but was ill on the morning of the game.

“Holt was feeling a bit unwell,” added Neil.

“He’s been terrific, he’s played every single match for us but he was feeling a bit under the weather.

“There was no point having Holt there if he wasn’t feeling right.”