Stuart Bannigan has stressed his innocence in the incident that led to Dundee’s Ross Callachan suffering a broken leg.
Callachan stayed down after a challenge involving Thistle midfielder Bannigan and he was stretchered off after 77 minutes of the Dark Blues’ 2-0 win at Dens on Saturday.
The on-loan St Johnstone man has fractured his fibula bone above the ankle.
Bannigan said: “The two of us came together and I don’t think it was even a freekick.
“I think his ankle must have got caught in the grass or something. I don’t think there was any sort of collision.”
Dundee manager James McPake kept the door open to a Dens future for the player once he recovers.
McPake said: “I feel gutted for Ross.
“It looks like the ankle area, the fibula at the side of the leg.
“It doesn’t look good when he gets carried off like that and we’ll get it assessed.
“Since he has been at this club he has been outstanding.
“He wanted to come here and prove how good a player he was first and foremost.
“He has shown me how valuable a player he can be for Dundee in the future.
“Above all else, he is a really good guy and has been great around our dressing room.
“You quickly pick up the characters and when he walked in you could tell that he was one I wanted to work as.
“It is sore one for us as a club and he will be a big miss.”