Dundee United manager Micky Mellon says that Kilmarnock’s artificial surface has helped find Adrian Sporle’s niggling heel injury ahead of a match with Celtic this weekend.

The Arabs are looking to cling to their slim top six hopes this Sunday, where only a win over Celtic will do in their quest. But they might have to do it without their left-sided Argentine star.

Sporle could be missing. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Sporle scored Dundee United’s goal during the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock on Saturday but pulled up with a heel injury that had been bothering him before kick-off. Now he faces a race to be fit ahead of the Celtic visit to Tayside.

Mellon explained: “Adrian was carrying an injury last week and he told us he was okay, but I think maybe the surface meant that he felt it coming on again. I don’t mind the surface its fine, but I think it finds injuries.

“If you have a bit of a niggle then the impact of running on it all the time it will find those. It’s obviously found that with Adrian and he’s not been able to continue.”

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Dundee United could be missing a key player. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

Sporle has featured 19 times in the Premiership for Mellon this and has been a key player, scoring three goals with three assists. United trail sixth place St Mirren by four points heading into the final two games before the split.

While a draw mathematically could keep their hopes alive should Saints lose to Rangers at Ibrox, goal difference could become another big hurdle for United to climb, the Buddies 10 goals better off.

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