Dundee United dealing with fresh Covid cases as Hibs sweat over fitness of important midfielder - team news for Tannadice clash

Dundee United manager Tam Courts has fresh cases of Covid-19 to contend with ahead of his team’s cinch Premiership match against Hibs on Boxing Day.

Hibs' Jake Doyle-Hayes goes off injured against Aberdeen.
Hibs' Jake Doyle-Hayes goes off injured against Aberdeen.

However, Benjamin Siegrist, Peter Pawlett and Ian Harkes could return to the squad after missing last weekend's defeat to Rangers while self-isolating. Calum Butcher an Jeando Fuchs are suspended, while Dylan Levitt, Liam Smith, Marc McNulty, Max Biamou and Lewis Neilson are among those expected to remain sidelined by injury.

Hibs midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes is a fitness doubt after going off injured against Aberdeen on Wednesday. They are also without Kyle Magennis, who remains troubled by a groin problem, while Melker Hallberg and Sean Mackie are still working their way back to fitness after lengthy lay-offs.

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Last season: Dundee Utd 0 Hibernian 2, Hibernian 1 Dundee Utd 1, Dundee Utd 0 Hibernian 1

Last five league matches: Dundee Utd D L L L L; Hibernian D L D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Peter Pawlett (Dundee Utd) 5; Martin Boyle (Hibernian) 11

Match odds: H 9-4 D 21-10 A 5-4

Referee: William Collum