Dundee United striker Marc McNulty looks set to be out of action until 2022 after undergoing “minor surgery”, manager Thomas Courts has confirmed.

The Scotland striker was injured during the Premier Sports Cup defeat by Hibs last month and Courts revealed that he’s had to go under the knife, leaving the Arabs boss disappointed to be without McNulty.

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Sparky had been in good form for the Tannadice side this season but the 29-year-old looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines now, leaving Courts without one of his key players at a crucial stage of the season.

“After the game Marc McNulty had to undergo some minor surgery so it looks like he is going to be out for a period of time,” Courts said.

“But his rehabilitation will happen with Dundee United so our medical team are working on that rehab just now and hopefully we will have him back just before the new year.

“It was really disappointing because Marc was performing really well for us and I think it was only a matter of time before the goals were coming because he was performing at such a good level.

“So yes, it was disappointing but the feedback we have had from the surgeon and medical team is that it was a clean operation and he will be back fighting fit, hopefully around the new year.”

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