Vital Football

Latest Dundee United News

Defenders Doubtful For This Weekend

Defenders Doubtful For This Weekend

David McCracken & Garry Kenneth will find out this afternoon if they will make the trip to Easter Road this weekend.

David McCracken missed last Sunday's victory over Saint Mirren with a hamstring strain, but the 25-year-old central defender is still struggling to regain his full fitness and might not be risked by Craig Levein on Saturday.

Garry Kenneth, meanwhile, went off injured in the Saint Mirren win, after landing awkwardly just over an hour into the game.

After challenging for a ball in the air, Kenneth went over on his ankle and had to be replaced by Alan Archibald in the 69th minute, just moments after his side had taken a 1-0 lead thanks to a Noel Hunt header.

Ironically, last week the newspapers were making a lot of the defensive partnership of McCracken & Kenneth, so it was probably fate that something would go wrong so soon after the pair were being talked up so much.

Alan Archibald did ok after coming on to partner Lee Mair in the centre of defence for the last half hour and Craig Levein has admitted he has no worries about starting them both again against Hibernian.

Speaking to the courier, Craig Levein said 'Garry and David are still both doubtful, but I will get a better idea of who will be available later in the week."

"It was good to see Alan do well against St Mirren and he did his chances a lot of good."

So, if McCracken and Kenneth fail to pass a fitness test this afternoon, it will be Archibald & Mair that will be given the job of with keeping high-flying Hibernian at bay on Saturday - no easy task, with the Hibees scoring for fun at the moment, beating Motherwell by an amazing 6-1 score line just a few weeks ago.

Update 30th November: After a successful training session, the chances of both players making this weekends match against Hibs have improved significantly.

The fitnesses of both players have improved and Levein is confident they are both in with a chance of being part of the squad to travel to Easter Road.


He said, "It`s still a bit early to say, but David has to be fairly close by now and Garry`s injury does not seem too serious, so it looks like they at least have a chance."


Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Hibernian Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Levein: Its A Very Competitive SPL
Craig Levein Attacks Transfer System
Lee Wilkie Loan Deal Back On
Charlie Miller Wanted Back At United
Fans Disagree With Levein's Choice
Fixtures & Results:
Report: Saint Mirren(h)
Stats: Saint Mirren(h)
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
Hibernian Forums
All SPL Forums


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Arab Jacques
Date:Thursday November 30 2006
Time: 12:00PM

Best of Vital Scottish Football

Dundee United - United bring in forward

Login to post a comment

Recent Dundee United Articles

United bring in forward

Dundee United have recruited Norwich City forward Tony Andreu on a year-long loan.

Dundee United 2 Raith Rovers 2

Dundee United allowed a two-goal lead to slip against early Championship leaders Raith Rovers at Tannadice.

The Tangerines were already a couple of goals clear with a quarter of the game completed, midfielder Willo Flood driving in from around twenty-yards and on loan Cammy Smith converting a penalty.

However, Jordan Thompson pulled one back prior to the interval and Kevin McHattie crashed a superb equaliser with eighteen minutes remaining.

Manager Ray McKinnon was facing t

Points dropped admits boss

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon was left reflecting on a couple of points dropped following the 2-2 draw with his former club Raith Rovers.

Stats: Dundee United v Raith Rovers

All the stats from Dundee United (2) vs (2) Raith Rovers, Tannadice, Sat 27th Aug 3.00pm Att: 7,434

Archived Vital Arabs Articles

Vital Arabs articles from

Site Journalists

Malpas
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Ray McKinnon was the right choice as manager?
Suggested By: Vital Arabs
Yes92%
No8%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Celtic 3 3 0 0 9 6
2 Rangers 4 2 2 0 8 2
3 Hearts 4 2 1 1 7 4
4 Ross County 4 2 0 2 6 0
5 Dundee 4 1 2 1 5 1
6 Hamilton 4 1 2 1 5 0
7 Aberdeen 4 1 2 1 5 -2
8 Motherwell 4 1 1 2 4 -1
9 St. Johnstone 4 1 1 2 4 -2
10 Kilmarnock 4 1 1 2 4 -2
11 Partick 3 1 0 2 3 0
12 Inverness 4 1 0 3 3 -6
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Dundee United Results (view all)

Dundee United Fixtures (view all)