On-loan Aberdeen defender Tommie Hoban looks set return to parent club Watford after he suffered a cruciate ligament injury.

The Dons confirmed the injury in their official website and said they were liaising with the Premier League side over the next steps.

2nd February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Aberdeen; Oli Shaw of Hibernian and Tommie Hoban of Aberdeen

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Hoban joined Aberdeen in the summer but missed much of the campaign with a shoulder injury.

After finally returning to fitness, he only managed a total of nine games before catching his studs in the Pittodrie pitch during the 2-2 draw with St. Mirren.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 25: Tommie Hoban of Aberdeen challenges Daryl Horgan of Hibernian during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on August 25, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Hoban suffered a similar injury last season and had only just returned to fitness when he headed for Aberdeen.

He’ll now undergo surgery to repair his knee.

The former Irish youth international had become a regular in Derek McInnes’ side since returning to fitness and losing the defender will be a big blow.

2nd August 2018, Turf Moor, Burnley, England; UEFA Europa League qualification, second qualifying round, 2nd leg, Burnley versus Aberdeen; Tommie Hoban of Aberdeen fires a shot on goal but it goes wide

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With his Watford deal up in the summer, Hoban now faces a sweat over his long-term future.

Hoban has been with Watford eight years, making 58 appearances, and also had a spell on loan with Blackburn Rovers.

 

 

 

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