Aberdeen have suffered a blow ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final after Dylan McGeouch suffered an injury that will rule him out for nearly two months.
The midfielder will miss Sunday’s clash with Celtic at Hampden and is sidelined for around eight weeks.
Dons boss Derek McInnes said it was “the worst news possible” ahead of the game and revealed that McGeouch had injured his groin during Sunday’s 3-3 draw against Celtic at Pittodrie.
He said: “Dylan is out for eight weeks with a groin problem.
“He tore it just as he came off the side of the pitch, there is a little lip there, about a yard before you go on to the trackside.
“He lost his footing on that and overstretched that. Unfortunately, it was the worst news possible on that one.
“Ryan Edmondson got a slight concussion from when he got smashed into the boards but thankfully he will return to training on Friday.
“He has gone through all the protocols and is absolutely fine and will train on Friday.
“Marley (Watkins) came off with a hamstring issue and – while he hasn’t trained with us – his scan is clear and he will train on Thursday and Friday ahead of Sunday’s game.
“The other boys we wanted to get some game time into this week all came through yesterday’s bounce) match with no issues.
“Mikey Devlin, Matty Kennedy, Greg Leigh and Curtis Main, they all got valuable game time, Sam Cosgrove as well, so those ones have given us a real boost that they are getting closer to where we need them to be and start to give us more options.”