Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that his side have been dealt a second major injury blow ahead of their opening Premiership fixture against Rangers on Saturday afternoon, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

On Wednesday, the Dons’ main striker Sam Cosgrove was ruled out for at least eight to ten weeks after sustaining a knee injury in a pre-season fixture against Hibernian.

Aberdeen striker Cosgrove will miss several months of action. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Now, it has been confirmed that fellow forward Curtis Main will also sit out the league opener.

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“Sam’s injury is not helped by the fact that Curtis Main is out for Saturday as well,” said McInnes, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He’s got a thigh strain so Curtis and Sam are both out. Apart from that everything else is brilliant.”

Aberdeen no.9 Curtis Main won't feature against Rangers.

Aberdeen no.9 Curtis Main won’t feature against Rangers on Saturday. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Verdict

The absence of both Cosgrove and Main considerably weakens the opposition ahead of what is a tough first Premiership assignment for the Gers.

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Cosgrove netted 23 times in all competitions last season and while 28-year-old Main only scored four league goals in the curtailed campaign, he represents an experienced back-up option.

In their absence, it’s likely that 21-year-old Bruce Anderson will lead the line.

Gers centre-backs Connor Goldson and George Edmundson can’t afford to take the former Dunfermline Athletic loanee lightly, but he won’t provide the same physical challenge as the two players on the treatment table.

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