Dundee boss James McPake has confirmed that Josh McPake has picked up an injury amidst reports that the youngster could head back to Rangers in January.

The teenager has struggled for regular starts at Dens Park since his arrival in the summer. It’s been a learning curve for him as he makes his way in the professional game.

McPake arrived in the summer from Rangers. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

His adopted boss says that he currently has an ankle problem after taking a knock during a development match.

He told the Courier: “Josh McPake injured his ankle playing in a development game for Rangers on Monday.

“I don’t know how long he’ll be out for. We’re waiting to hear from Rangers.”

Heading home?

The same report has stated that Dundee may stand to lose McPake in January. The Ibrox side are believed to be considering pulling their teenager back home.

McPake has picked up an injury too. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for DFB)

There is a recall option in his contract according to the report that would make this feasible. McPake’s deal is meant to run until the climax of the 2019/20 season but that could soon change.

Given that he’s made just three starts since his arrival, perhaps McPake’s parent club aren’t happ with the number of minutes he’s getting. Both sides face an anxious wait now though over the youngster’s fitness.

It’s a situation to keep an eye on over the next few weeks heading into the transfer window.

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