Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has provided an early injury update ahead of next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic.
The Dons were hit with a triple blow yesterday as three of their star-men came off with injuries in their 3-3 draw with Neil Lennon’s Hoops.
Dylan McGeouch had to come off early on, whilst Ryan Edmondson and Marley Watkins were hooked at differing stages of the second 45 with injuries. It only adds to McInnes’ problems, as he confirmed last week that he’s still waiting on a host of first-team stars returning from injury (Evening Express).
And today he’s given an update on how the three crocked stars from yesterday’s game are doing. Speaking in the Evening Express, McInnes said the following:
“Ryan took a sore one. Hopefully he is OK. Dylan out of the three of them is probably the one that is more likely to miss Sunday, having overstretched his groin.
“Hopefully we got Marley off in time after he was feeling his hamstring tight.
“It is a game we can win. We have a fantastic opportunity. I said prior to this league game if we could have a positive performance and result it definitely wouldn’t do us any harm. There was a lot in the performance to be encouraged by.”
Cosgrove’s return is McInnes’ main ace in the deck
As much as the Dons may still be waiting on the likes of McGeouch, Niall McGinn, and Mikey Devlin returning from injury – they’ll just be delighted to have main striker Sam Cosgrove back in the mix.
Worryingly from our perspective, Cosgrove looked hungry when he came on during the closing stages yesterday. The Englishman had two genuine goalscoring opportunities before thumping the crossbar late on.
McInnes’ Aberdeen proved that, even though they’re missing plenty of bodies as things stand, they still have enough quality in their squad to put out a starting XI that can make things difficult for Celtic. That’s now undoubted after the 3-3 classic.
More concerningly for us is how much our defence struggled against Cosgrove when he came on. Shane Duffy was supposed to be the summer signing that ended the days of our backline being bullied by strikers of his ilk. The early signs yesterday weren’t good in that regard.
Fortunately for Celtic, Aberdeen haven’t come close to laying a glove on them at Hampden in recent years. Celtic have won their last three games there against the Dons – including a 3-0 win in the Scottish Cup semi-finals only two seasons ago.
So regardless of who McInnes plays, we’ll always be confident of getting the job done against Aberdeen. Here’s hoping we see that happen on Sunday.