Report: Dundee United captain suffers broken nose just one week from Celtic clash

By David Walton

March 6, 2022

Dundee United captain Ryan Edwards is a major injury doubt for the Scottish Cup tie against Celtic next week after suffering a broken nose, the Courier reports.

Edwards was one of several players to pick up injury blows in a 2-2 draw with Hearts yesterday. The on-field Tannadice leader was taken off just before the break after a clash with blood absolutely pouring from the player’s head [Scottish Sun].

And now, the Courier has reported that he’s a doubt for the game against Celtic now that he’s out with a broken nose.

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Dundee United assistant Liam Fox stated after the match that the player would be “fine” [The Courier]. However, it wasn’t clear whether that was with regard to an immediate return or not.

Depending on the extent of the nose break, it could start healing within a few days. But whether it would be in good enough condition to risk facing Celtic with is up in the air.

United could choose to bring in Lewis Neilson as a replacement if it comes down to it, with Callum Butcher operating alongside Ross Graham at centre-back.

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Celtic will be in for a stiff Tannadice examination next week

Edwards is certainly in a race against time to be fit for our Tannadice clash. Celtic will face the Terrors on Monday 14th March at 7:45pm. Given it’s a night-time occasion, that only adds to the excitement levels surrounding the fixture.

But make no mistake, if Edwards is sidelined then United are losing a big influence on their team. A player who has started every league game for them when available. A player who already has 2 draws and a clean sheet to his name against Celtic in the 2 years he’s been at Tannadice.

United do have the depth to give some reliable alternatives a shot if necessary. But it can’t be underestimated just how big a blow this would be for them.

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Celtic also have another 8 days to get any of their struggling stars back available. It remains to be seen if there is any progress on David Turnbull and Kyogo Furuhashi over the next week. However, in terms of squad strength, we’re in an extremely good place ahead of next Monday.

The Scottish Cup is another major part of Celtic’s goals for the season. With the Betfred Cup already in the bank, there will be genuine hope and expectation that the Scottish Cup can follow. Hopes of an utterly outrageous domestic treble just won’t go away.

It’s going to be a cracker next week regardless of whether Edwards is fit for United or not. But if he does miss out, it gives Tannadice boss Tam Courts a major issue that he could do without.

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