Dundee Utd's Gary Mackay-Steven may not require surgery

Gary Mackay-Steven

Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven may not now require surgery on a knee injury.

It was feared he would miss up to six weeks after withdrawing from the Scotland under-21 squad last midweek. He also sat out United's 3-0 derby win on Sunday.

However, after consulting a surgeon it was decided that Mackay-Steven is fit to return to training this week.

United will be without Jonny Russell for their trip to Kilmarnock on Saturday unless his appeal against his red card against Dundee is successful.

His manager Peter Houston spoke of the need for protection for creative players in the aftermath of Mackay-Steven's injury.

"He's had a few kicks so far this season in the few matches that we've played and he's a young talented player and he goes past people and opposition managers are probably saying 'look after him'"

Mackay-Steven began his career with Ross County before moving south to Liverpool.

On his return to Scotland he played for Airdrie United before joining United before the start of last season.