The ecstasy surrounding Dundee’s 2-0 win over rivals Dundee United has came to a crashing halt on Monday with the news that defender James McPake has fractured his kneecap.
McPake was carried off during Saturday’s derby match and will have surgery on Tuesday, an MRI scan on Monday showed the full extent of the 31-year-old’s injury.
In a statement, via the official club website, Dundee said: “During the Dundee derby at the weekend, James McPake was forced to leave the pitch in the first half due to injury.
“James went straight to hospital and following a scan today the club can confirm that he has suffered a fractured kneecap and will undergo surgery tomorrow. Following the surgery, we will have a clearer picture of timescales for rehab.
“We would like to acknowledge the professionalism from both sets of players during the derby match on Saturday who immediately helped when it was clear James was in significant pain.
“James is a vital part of Dundee Football Club and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
It is highly unlikely that the 31-year-old will play again this season.