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O’DEA’S DUNDEE DELIGHT

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DUNDEE skipper Darren O’Dea is delighted to make his comeback against St Johnstone in Perth tomorrow.

The former Republic of Ireland central defender was forced to miss last week’s match against Hearts with a foot injury.

O’Dea has now got the go-ahead to return after a scan showed nothing too serious.

He said: “I have been struggling with my foot for awhile. It happened during the Kilmarnock game. As Kris Boyd was about to shoot, I nicked the ball and he kicked the side of my foot.

“We were pretty sure I had cracked a bone, but the X-ray showed I hadn’t. I just had quite a bit of bone bruising.

“I took painkilling injections for three games leading up to the international break with a view to then resting.

“I thought I was over it, but last week I got out of bed in the middle of the night and I couldn’t walk. I was in all sorts of pain so I missed last weekend.

“I had a scan and it came back okay. It is a bit of a mystery – maybe I had a bit of a reaction to the injections.

“However, it has settled down now, I have been back training and I am ready to go.”

O’Dea will return to Paul Hartley’s line-up that has slipped to the bottom of the Premiership table on goal difference.

He added: “We have come off a run of bad results, but the performances have definitely picked up.

“We have come up against good opposition in Celtic and Hearts where you are maybe not expected to get anything.

“We probably could have, especially against Hearts, but now we need to pick up results.”

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