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Knee injury forces Dundee United's Lee Wilkie to retire

Dundee United defender Lee Wilkie
Houston described Wilkie as one of the best centre halves in the SPL

Dundee United captain Lee Wilkie has been forced to retire because of a persistent knee injury.

The 29-year-old, who underwent a series of operations on a damaged cruciate ligament, has now been advised to end his playing career.

The Scottish Premier League club have agreed compensation with the player.

"This is a huge blow for the club and for Lee personally," said Dundee United manager Peter Houston. "Lee was one of the best centre halves in Scotland."

Wilkie joined United from city rivals Dundee in 2006 and became an important first-team regular at Tannadice under former manager Craig Levein.

In my opinion, during last season he was the best centre-half in Scottish football, bar none

Dundee United manager
Peter Houston

"In my opinion, during last season he was the best centre-half in Scottish football, bar none," said Houston.

"He has fought back from injury with great courage in the past and it is equally courageous of him to finally accept the advice now given.

"The club has always been supportive of Lee and I'm pleased that matters have been agreed between him and the chairman.

"Lee will always be welcome at the club and we hope to see him and his family around Tannadice on a regular basis."

Wilkie's playing career also included loan spells at Plymouth, Notts County, Falkirk and Ross County.

The defender also earned nine caps for Scotland.



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see also
Wilkie fears further knee surgery
20 Oct 09 |  Dundee Utd
Wilkie upbeat after more surgery
20 Jul 09 |  Dundee Utd


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