Former Republic of Ireland international Cillian Sheridan is set for a spell out of action after rupturing his Achilles tendon in a Scottish Premiership game against St Mirren on Saturday.

Dundee's Sheridan was stretchered off in pain early in the second half of his side's 1-0 win at St Mirren Park.

His manager Jamie McPake afterwards reported their fears that Sheridan had ruptured his Achilles.

"We think Cillian has ruptured his Achilles, which would be a real shame because he was excellent... It's a sore one for us because he was starting to look a threat.

"And I’m gutted for him because you could see the threat he was causing and he was getting fitter."

Sheridan himself confirmed the news on Twitter last night, albeit in typically wry fashion.

"Thanks for all the messages folks, ruptured my Achilles tendon (turns out isn't a great thing to do). On a positive note though, once I come back I’m told it will be renamed the Acillians Tendon™"

Poking fun at a recent incident where his hair bobble fell out, he added "I feel like an appropriate tribute would be on the 23rd minute everyone flicks a hair bobble on the pitch."

Sheridan signed for Dundee on a two-year deal in the off-season, joining from Polish side Wisla Plock.

The recently promoted club currently sit second from bottom in the Scottish Premiership, four points clear of Ross County.

The 32-year-old Sheridan, from Cavan, has enjoyed a much travelled career, having returned to Scottish football after eight years playing across Cyprus, Israel, Poland and New Zealand. He earned three Ireland caps, all in friendlies, back in 2010.

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