Neil McCann keen to see return of Scott Allan to Dundee squad

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Neil McCann will welcome Scott Allan back to first-team action after the international break following his recovery from groin surgery.

The Dundee playmaker has been out since a 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock on September 23 and went under the knife to repair a hernia.

The injury had affected the Celtic loanee for a number of games and coincided with a drop in form for the midfielder.

He was replaced after just 38 minutes in the 4-1 defeat at Rangers before playing no part in the next two games, a 3-2 win over St Johnstone and 4-0 Betfred Cup defeat to Celtic.

Allan then only managed 53 minutes at Killie before the club medical staff diagnosed the need for surgery to mend the problem.

He returned to training before the trip to Hibs last week and featured in the Development squad’s 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Dens on Monday night.

His team boss feels Dundee have missed having a player of Allan’s ability to call on as they’ve searched for that bit of quality that’s been lacking in the final third in the last few games.

Neil said: “He’s had a really good positive mentality towards the injury. He had a lot of assists at the start of the season so, of course, you miss a player of Scott’s ability.

“In the last couple of games he played you could see he wasn’t right, he wasn’t firing on all cylinders.

“I’ve had hernias before and they can nag and hold you back a wee bit.

“He’s flying now and the more quality players, especially in the final third, will help us all.”

The Dark Blues host Kilmarnock next Saturday with Allan expected to be fit and available to play.