Aberdeen have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers on Sunday after Niall McGinn was ruled out through injury [afc.co.uk].
The Dons were in strong form prior to the international break and they have secured results on several occasions at Ibrox in recent seasons.
However, they will be without a number of key players at the weekend.
Ross McCrorie, who has impressed since joining from Rangers, is ineligible due to the terms of his loan agreement, while Marley Watkins, Jonny Hayes and Dylan McGeouch are all still out injured.
McGinn has now joined them on the treatment table after picking up a problem on international duty.
“Niall McGinn has injured his calf,” confirmed Derek McInnes on Wednesday [afc.co.uk]. “He did it in the Northern Ireland game against Slovakia.”
“We got him scanned over the weekend. It is not a tear but will probably keep him out for three weeks. It is the same type of injury he had at the start of the season.”
McGinn hasn’t been a guaranteed starter this season but he’s featured in all but three of the Dons’ 14 Premiership fixtures to date and with Hayes already out, his absence leaves McInnes relatively short of options in wide areas.
Contrastingly, Steven Gerrard looks to have few injury concerns heading into the game.
Nikola Katic is a long-term absentee and Steven Davis is a doubt after recently leaving the Northern Ireland camp, but Leon Balogun has overcome an injury scare and so far, no other issues have emerged from international fixtures.