Dougie Freedman says he is in regular contact with Stuart Holden and that he is in good spirits as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
The manager revealed the American, who injured his knee during this summer’s Gold Cup, is set to return to the UK towards the end of the year for a spell with the club’s medical department.
“I’m in contact with Stuart and he’s doing well,” Freedman said. “We do know he is set to come back over here in the near future.
“We’re expecting to see him just before Christmas.
“We obviously need to make sure that his comeback isn’t rushed and that everything is okay.
“On the phone he sounds in good spirits, but that’s the kind of guy he is.
“When he comes back he’s going to spend a month or so with us so that we can make sure that the rehabilitation is being done in the right way.
“The plan then is for over the Christmas period and into January he’ll head back over to the States to make sure that the guys who are doing his rehab are fully up to speed.
“Then when he’s at a good level hopefully we can look at reintroducing him to training into the early part of the year.”