Dundee are happy for Kelvin Jack to jet off to the Caribbean this weekend, but, unless the big keeper is fit, they don’t want that to be the first leg of an 11-day world tour.
A knee injury means Jack is still not in full training, but Trinidad and Tobago want him to fly to Port of Spain on Sunday in the hope he will recover in time to be involved in the World Cup play-off against Bahrain tomorrow week.
The second leg of that tie is in the Middle East four days later, after which the players will face another long journey back to their clubs for domestic games the following weekend.
If Jack does not make the first game, however, the Dark Blues want him back in Scotland as soon as possible.
“With a week to the game, it is understandable they want Kelvin with them, but, if he does not make the first one, I don’t see him being ready for the second,” said boss Alan Kernaghan today.
“Like I said yesterday, I hope he makes it, but, if he doesn’t, it would be better for us to have him back here as soon as possible and not be making the trip to Bahrain.”
There is no game tomorrow because of Hamilton’s involvement in the Bell’s Cup on Sunday, but the players will train in the morning before Alan heads off to spy on St Johnstone, who are next to visit Dens.
Former Manchester United kid Danny Byrne has been training with the squad this week, but interest in him will not be pursued.