Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon has expressed his relief that Lewis Toshney’s knee injury is not as bad as first feared.
The 24-year-old defender was on the receiving end of a bad challenge from Dumbarton’s Joe Thomson at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium on Saturday.
Referee Gavin Duncan dished out a yellow card to the Sons player but McKinnon insists it should have been a red.
Toshney played on but left the ground with his knee heavily strapped and the defender was subsequently unable to walk for two days.
However, the manager has not ruled quick healer Toshney out of contention for this weekend’s crunch Championship game at Tannadice against Ayr United.
He said: “We have looked back at the incident and it should have been a straight red card.
“Tosher’s leg was really swollen afterwards and he couldn’t walk for two days.
“However, it is now looking not as bad as we first thought so we haven’t given up hope that he might make the weekend.”
Meanwhile, McKinnon’s search for defensive reinforcements continues to be a frustrating one.
He added: “It is very difficult but there is no point just bringing someone in for the sake of it.
“It is vital that we bring the right person in – we will not rush into anything.”