Dundee won’t take any chances with Hearts man Calum Elliot

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Dundee boss Barry Smith has revealed he will not take any chances on the fitness of on-loan Hearts striker Calum Elliot.

Elliot suffered a knee injury just 30 seconds into his Dees debut during last weekend’s win over Raith Rovers and it was initially feared the 24-year-old could be out for the season.

Despite the injury proving less serious than first thought, the former Scotland under-21 striker will not be rushed back into action against Greenock Morton tomorrow.

“Calum tried to run on the knee but when I spoke to him he said it was sore,” said Smith. “So I think it is correct to be cautious. It is nothing to do with his being a loan player.

“However, you do have to do the right thing by the player and that means leaving him out this time.”

Elliot has suffered ongoing knee trouble since sustaining cartilage damage two years ago, but will hope to continue his recovery by playing regular football in the First Division.

Meanwhile, Hearts winger Arvydas Novikovas played for the full 90 minutes as Lithuania’s under-21 team lost 2-0 away to Slovenia, their fifth defeat from six games in Group 2 of 2013 European Championship qualifying stage.

The 20-year-old has made just four starts for the Jambos this season.