Paul McGowan may be injured right now but he’s still having a positive influence on Dundee says manager Gary Bowyer.
The experienced midfielder joined an exclusive 300 club this season after passing three centuries of appearances for the Dens Park outfit.
But he has not featured since playing game No 302 at Cove Rangers a month ago.
That match ended in defeat to the newly-promoted side with only one of the three players hooked on the hour in that match having started a game since.
Lyall Cameron was on from the start at Rangers and Queen’s Park while Max Anderson has featured from the bench in both those games.
McGowan, however, has had to be content to be an unused sub until a knee injury ruled him out of Friday’s trip to Queen’s Park.
“In training last week he picked up a knock on his knee and it’s taken a while to settle down,” Bowyer revealed.
“It’s one of those where we have to wait and see.
“I spoke to him at the start of the week and he said he was already starting to feel better.
“Hopefully it’s one that heals quickly.”
‘Massive part to play’
Despite missing out on the 2-2 draw against the Spiders, McGowan was on hand to support his team-mates.
And Bowyer says he’s been a huge help this season, even if he’s not featured on the pitch on a regular basis.
“Paul has been magnificent since I’ve been here,” the Dundee boss added.
“He’s great around the group even when he’s not playing.
“He was around the squad on Friday which speaks volumes for him.
“Just because he’s not on the pitch doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a massive part to play.
“He makes a big contribution.”