He will not be in contention to start the game at Tannadice but if he comes through another session on Saturday, then manager Craig Levein will consider him for the match day squad.
Long-term injury absentees Jon Daly (knee), Francisco Sandaza (groin), Kevin Smith (ankle), Lee Wilkie (knee) and Scott Robertson (groin) are all missing.
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