Neil McCann says he’s “not got his problems to seek” after an early-season injury headache has ramped up the pressure on Dundee to make it through their League Cup group.
On top of the disappointment of a poor 1-0 home defeat to Dunfermline on Sunday, the Dark Blues saw three players hobble off with injury.
Jackson Longridge’s second-minute header ultimately did the damage as the Pars went top of Group D as the Championship side deserved their victory at the Kilmac Stadium.
As well as Dundee’s desperate performance – adding injury to insult – three injuries forced the Dens gaffer into substitutions.
Striker Sofien Moussa was stretchered off after just 11 minutes with a rib injury.
Then, left-back Nathan Ralph hobbled off on his home debut before the break.
And to complete the misery, defender Genseric Kusunga also limped off in the second period after blocking a Dunfermline shot.
Manager Neil said: “We picked up three injuries which is a concern and we’ll see how they are for Peterhead.
“Moussa looks quite sore. The worry is it wasn’t an impact injury, I thought it was, but it was a twist and he heard a crack. Gense took a kick and Nathan was a muscle injury.
“We don’t have our problems to seek for Wednesday night but we’ll just have to see who’s available.”
Added to that is Glen Kamara and Roarie Deacon, still on the mend after ankle surgery, while Darren O’Dea has just returned to training again.
With Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Randy Wolters departing last week and striker Marcus Haber out of favour, options are limited for the trip to Peterhead on Wednesday.
Whoever Neil opts for at Balmoor, he’ll be expecting a far better display from his side.
He added: “It’s difficult to put your finger on it. It’s early in the season but I wouldn’t use that as an excuse because Dunfermline have had the same preparation time as us.
“It was a game to win and we didn’t, the boys know I’m unhappy with them.
“Overall, I still believe we have quality in our squad and we should have won the game.
“Application levels were down, Dunfermline got a lift with the goal and continued to drive.
“They sat off us and tried to pick us off in the middle of the park when we tried to make passes and it worked.”