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Mihael Kovacevic set for New Year return from injury

Dundee United defender Mihael Kovacevic
Scottish Cup winner Kovacevic could be out for six months

Dundee United defender Mihael Kovacevic could return to action before the turn of the year after further assessment of the damaged cruciate in his knee.

Early signs are that there is no rupture of the ligament.

United manager Peter Houston said: "It's a nightmare for Mihael. But, hopefully, he will be back sooner rather than later."

The 22-year-old Kovacevic suffered the cruciate injury while training back home in Switzerland.

"He's had his knee scanned and the results are being sent over to our doctor here," said Houston.

"Once she has them, we should have a clearer picture, but it's obviously not good and he is going to be out for a while."

Kovacevic, who has played for both Croatia and Switzerland at Under-21 level, was in the United side that lifted the Scottish Cup last month.

His injury will rule him out of United's Europa League campaign, the early rounds of the Co-operative Insurance Cup and the first half of the Scottish Premier League season.

Meanwhile, United are set to face Rangers' Champions League conquerors, Unirea Urziceni, in their pre-season training camp in Austria.

United want to play two games in their week-long visit to the Alps between July 12 and 18th.

One is set to feature a German lower-league outfit, with the other almost certainly being against the team previously managed by Dan Petrescu.

The Romanians shocked Rangers with a 4-1 win at Ibrox and went on to finish third in their group.

They then went into the Europa Cup, losing 4-1 on aggregate to Liverpool in the last 32.

They are now managed by Israeli coach Ronny Levy and finished in second place in their league championship last season.

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