Dundee boss Neil McCann does not have his injury problems to seek ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash at Hamilton.
Club captain Josh Meekings, fellow centre-half Genseric Kusunga, striker Sofien Moussa, left-back Nathan Ralph and winger Roarie Deacon were all absent from the squad that faced Hibs at the weekend.
The 3-0 defeat to Neil Lennon’s side also came at a cost with Kharl Madianga, Calvin Miller and Benjamin Kallman all having to come off with injuries.
McCann, who will definitely be without the suspended Kenny Miller for the trip to face Accies, admits the recurring injury problems have contributed to the Dark Blues’ dreadful start to the season.
The manager said: “We suffered an injury to Kharl and we had to change it at half-time (against Hibs). That had a wee bit of an unsettling impact on us.
“And then a couple of injuries after that with Calvin and Benjamin having to go off as well.
“It has given us problems as there is a wee bit of an unsettled nature to the team.
“But you just have to deal with it.
“I was always saying we are happy with our squad but we have not been able to utilise the squad because there are so many boys going down injured even during the game.
“I would have loved to have kept Kharl on as I thought the midfield was working well but he has been carrying a bit of an injury that he got in training on Thursday.
“So we haven’t got our troubles to seek but we just have to keep on going.”
Dundee, of course, are still without a point to their name after six Premiership matches.
However, McCann admits that the next three fixtures are definitely winnable ones for his toiling team.
He said: “One hundred per cent, we have to go and win those games.
“Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Livingston and then we go against Hearts who have been flying high before Celtic.
“So we have winnable games there. I felt the Hibs one was going to be a tough game but definitely winnable.
“I felt in the first 45 minutes, our shape was good, I thought we looked solid enough, we looked a threat, but in the second half, we have not reacted to going a goal down.
“It was a poor goal to lose and the second one as well was a bit of a sucker punch that kind of knocks the wind from our sails.”