Dundee manager James McPake has disclosed that Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi could return to the Dens Park side’s squad for the Betfred Cup game against Hibernian on Saturday.

The striker has missed the last few games after suffering an injury in Dundee’s 3-3 draw with Alloa three weeks ago. However, now the player could make his return to the squad, and maybe even the starting line-up.

Back in training after three weeks out

“We are much better fixed now – Alex Jakubiak trained, Afolabi trained and (Jordan) Forster trained” McPake said.

Jonathan Afolabi in action for Dundee

Jonathan Afolabi in action for Dundee (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I have seen enough of Hibs this season, we went to watch them the other night as well. If we are confident then we can get a win, we believe we’re good enough” McPake concluded.

Interestingly, the teams met only a few weeks ago in the group stages of the Betfred Cup. Hibernian ran out 4-1 winners on that occasion.

Afolabi didn’t feature in that game. However, chances are that he will be involved for Dundee at some point at Easter Road.

Manager has decision to weigh up

The decision McPake must weigh up though, is if the on-loan Celtic striker is fit enough to start the game.

Jonathan Afolabi scores for Dundee

Jonathan Afolabi scores for Dundee (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Maybe it will be a better option to keep the player on the bench. He might not be ready for a start after being out for three weeks.

Still, it can only be a good thing for Dundee to have players coming back to fitness, including Afolabi. That can only improve the team’s chances not only in the Betfred Cup, but in their attempts to win promotion back to the Premiership.

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