Calum Elliot injured after 30 seconds

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CALUM ELLIOT faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the knee injury he suffered playing for Dundee against Raith Rovers yesterday.

The Hearts striker, loaned to the Dens Park club on Friday, lasted just 30 seconds before crumpling to the floor holding the same knee which was operated on in March.

Dundee manager Barry Smith admits it is too early to know the full scale of Elliot’s problem but if serious he is likely to return to Hearts for treatment. He said: “We don’t know the extent of the problem yet so everyone is keeping their fingers crossed. It’s a blow for him because he has been out since March and came to us desperate to play again.

“We will have to wait and see how he is over the next few days.”

Elliot twisted his knee in his first attempt to touch the ball and after receiving treatment – and briefly trying to play on – was forced to admit defeat, leaving the field on a stretcher. Having spent seven months working his way back from knee surgery the striker was sent to Dens Park in order to complete the next stage of his rehabilitation but is likely to now be out for another prolonged spell.