Major boost for United
Dundee United have received a massive boost with the news that winger Gary Mackay-Steven appears likely to avoid knee surgery.
The 22-year-old seemed set for a long spell on the sidelines after withdrawing from the Scotland Under-21 squad last week before then sitting out the weekend derby victory against Dundee.
But having now consulted with a surgeon, Mackay-Steven has been cleared to return to training later this week.
Meanwhile, United will be missing striker Johnny Russell at Kilmarnock on Saturday unless their appeal against his sending-off against Dundee is upheld.
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