Andrew Davies has broken his metatarsal again and won’t play for Dundee this season.
It is a cruel blow for the January signing, who was closing in on a debut for the Dark Blues.
He originally broke his foot in a closed-doors friendly and had worked his way back to fitness, only to suffer another fracture.
Manager Jim McIntyre said: “Andrew Davies has rebroken his metatarsal last week in training. We have been waiting on getting that re-investigated.
“He was back to see the specialist last week. We just thought he felt a bit of discomfort but it turns out, after the CT scan, that he’s rebroken it.
“So Andrew will be operated on this afternoon (Thursday) and his season’s over basically.
“It’s a massive blow for all concerned but none more so than Dav himself because he’s been desperate to get going and back in the side.
“Obviously he is in a very low place having been delivered that news on Wednesday that he needs another operation because he had been back on the training ground for a week and he was looking exceptional.
“He has done so much hard work behind the scenes and he is probably in the best shape that I’ve seen him.
“It’s just a body blow for everyone concerned but it is what it is and it’s football. Every club and manager has their injuries.
“It’s been especially disappointing because he was a signing I expected to make a big difference to our situation and unfortunately for us and for Andrew he has not been able to do that.
“But like any of our players, he will be looked after and given all the support and encouragement he needs.”