GRAEME Murty has confirmed he will be without five players through injury as the winter break comes to an end – Kenny Miller is still missing too.
The striker is stepping up his rehab from a hamstring tear while Bruno Alves, Ross McCrorie, Graham Dorrans, Lee Wallace and Ryan Jack are all still on the treatment table.
Murty was without Alves, Dorrans and Wallace in America last week. Alves is nursing an ankle injury while Wallace required further groin surgery over the break. Dorrans is still coming back from an ankle operation in December.
Murty explained: “Bruno Alves is recovering; it will be a while still. He has had treatment in Portugal while we were away in Florida and he is back now undergoing more treatment.
“The timescale for that is a little bit longer than we would have hoped but we haven’t put a definitive date on it as yet.
“Graham Dorrans is progressing really well, he is out of his boot, he is having manual therapy and he is getting good range in his ankle now. We are just making sure we follow the protocol correctly.
“Lee Wallace had a bilateral hernia repair but we are confident he won’t be out for too much longer and that if we follow the protocol we’ll have him back in short order. We haven’t given him a target date as yet.”
Both Jack and McCrorie travelled with the squad to the Florida Cup, where academy graduate McCrorie aggravated a pre-existing foot injury.
And Murty admits Jack’s progress from the knee problem he picked up against Motherwell last month has been halted.
He continued: “Ross has had a scan on his foot, the results are pending and when we have those results we will give you a closer date.
“Ryan Jack is currently under specialist care after having a scan. Once we have that report back we will have a firmer date on when he will come back.
“That injury is from the tackle that he suffered against Motherwell, it has taken longer than we had hoped. All the new players are available for the weekend.”