Dundee United will be without striker Brian Graham for a month. The 26-year-old has scored four times since moving to Tannadice a had been on a good run in the squad.
The loss of Graham leaves United in a predicament as David Goodwillie is set to return to his parent club and on form target man Nadir Ciftci is still struggling with a hamstring injury.
The Arabs' form has dropped recently and the last thing they needed was to lose another striker.
Jackie McNamara will now be relying on former Falkirk forward Farid El Alagui who arrived on loan from League One side Brentford last week and was substituted following Graham's injury.
The dip in form though will be a good thing for the squad's young players according to midfielder John Rankin.
“It’s been good for them but it’s not great results-wise. But I’m positive once they come out the other side and learn how to adapt to conditions and how difficult the opposition make it for us then they’ll kick on again," he told reporters.
"It’s just a matter of when…Hopefully they’ll get back not so much their confidence but their hunger and desire. As young boys you’re up and down. I’ve been there myself”
United's raft of youth will now have to carry them through the next few weeks and hopefully keep them within sight of the race for second place.
The tiny Terrors stumbled before Christmas and McNamara and Co are without a win for five games - their longest stretch of the season.
The Arabs face league strugglers Ross County this Saturday and hope to get their run of wins back up and running.
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