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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 November 2006, 10:29 GMT
Wilkie set up for spell on loan
Dundee United defender Lee Wilkie
Wilkie made his United debut at Falkirk on Saturday
New Dundee United manager Craig Levein aims to farm defender Lee Wilkie out on loan for much-needed match practice.

Levein said: "In my opinion, Lee is not ready to play first-team matches at this level. So I am considering putting him out on loan for about a month.

"He needs to find some middle ground between reserve football and the first team in the SPL.

"It could do him a power of good to get competitive matches but not quite at the same pace as the Premier League."

Wilkie, who has been dogged by serious knee damage in recent years, agreed a pay-as-you-play contract until the end of the season at Tannadice last month.

And the 26-year-old made his first appearance in Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Falkirk.

That result led to Craig Brewster's departure and Levein being installed.

"I like Lee as a player and tried to sign him for Leicester, he is a Scotland international and has the experience we need for our side," added Levein.

"Unfortunately, though, he has played just a handful of games in something like two-and-a-half years.

"So if he could get four or five matches at lower league level that would help him.

"It would also be a big bonus for us if we can get him back right and ready for our first team.

"We have got to get him back playing regularly and that would tell me everything about his knee."



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