Dundee manager Jim McIntyre has admitted he may be without two key men for the upcoming match against Hearts on Saturday.

The strike duo of Andrew Nelson and Craig Curran could miss out on a vital game in the Dens Park side’s battle to avoid relegation.

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“They are struggling” McIntyre told the Evening Telegraph. Nelson in particular will be missed as he has scored four goals in six games for Dundee.

His first goal for Dundee came in the last meeting between Dundee and Hearts. The Dark Blues won 2-1 in a result they would love to repeat on Saturday. Nelson popped up with the winner, sealing one of only four wins McIntyre’s side have achieved in the league this season.

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The need for a victory is vital for Dundee, as St Mirren’s recent upturn in form has seen the Paisley side close the gap at the bottom of the table to one point.

Dundee’s next three games are pivotal in their battle to avoid the drop.

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After playing Hearts, they face Celtic at home before facing a trip to St Mirren in what looks to be a gigantic clash.

Jim McIntyre will be hopeful of being clear of St Mirren after the side meet at St Mirren Park.

For that to happen, Dundee could be doing with three points against Hearts. Of course, that will be more difficult should two important strikers be ruled out of the game.

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