Dundee boss James McPake has revealed that Jamie Ness will not play again until after the international break in a bid to help him fully recover from a troublesome ankle problem.
The midfielder initially suffered the injury against Cove Rangers in the Betfred Cup back in July and then picked up further bone bruising in the Challenge Cup tie with Elgin City at the start of last month.
Ness hasn’t played since with McPake now taking the decision ahead of tomorrow’s Championship match with Arbroath to give the 28-year-old until the next game against Partick Thistle on October 19 to recuperate and come back finally free of the niggling problem.
The manager said: “Jamie is still the only one (who is out) but that will be after the international break now.
“We have made the decision as it has been lingering since the Cove game.
“You can think, ‘It is only bone bruising’, but when you add in twisting and turning all the time, with your ankle it can annoy you.
“He is frustrated but the good thing is it is not a reoccurrence of an old injury.
“So we have made the decision and he will get himself right for after the international break.
“He will be a massive boost when he is back.”
Paul McGowan missed last Friday’s game at Queen of the South with tonsillitis but he has trained all week and is in contention for the Arbroath match.