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Dundee United's Paul Dixon to miss Cup final

Dundee United defender Paul Dixon
Dixon will miss United's trip to Hampden on 15 May

Dundee United's Paul Dixon expects the disappointment at missing the Scottish Cup final against Ross County to fully manifest itself on the day.

Dixon sustained a broken foot in Sunday's semi-final win over Raith Rovers and was withdrawn early on.

"It will probably hit me more on that big day, but there's no point worrying about it," said the left-back.

"I'll still be around the boys in the build-up and I'll hopefully travel down with them so I should feel part of it."

Dixon missing the rest of the season has come at a bad time for United, with manager Peter Houston's defensive options further limited by the recent injury-enforced retirement of Lee Wilkie.

Obviously the timing is terrible, but I'm not the first player to suffer this way

Dundee United defender Paul Dixon

And Andy Webster will be ineligible for the two upcoming matches against Rangers under the terms of his loan from the Ibrox club.

"I kicked the underside of someone's boot after about five minutes," added Dixon.

"I tried to play on, but it got worse and worse. To be honest, I feared the worst when I was coming off. I suspected it was broken.

"The X-rays confirmed it and the doctor says I will be out for six weeks.

"I've been a quick healer in the past, but it's just a month to the Cup final, so I'd imagine that's a step too far even for me.

"Obviously the timing is terrible, but I'm not the first player to suffer this way."



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see also
Dundee Utd 2-0 Raith Rovers
11 Apr 10 |  Scottish Cups
Knee injury forces Wilkie to quit
03 Apr 10 |  Dundee Utd
Dixon signs new Dundee Utd deal
04 Mar 10 |  Dundee Utd


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