Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted that he may dive into the free agent market to sign a new defender after Tommie Hoban and Shay Logan both suffered long-term injuries.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 22: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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The defensive duo look set to miss the rest of the campaign and the Dons boss confirmed that he is looking at the possibility of adding to his squad.

The return of Scott McKenna from suspension has lessened the Dons’ worries but McInnes admits that his squad needs some help.

“We are looking at the possibility of getting another defender in (a free agent), whether it is a right back, centre back or whatever, but with Tommie and Shay needing surgery it is important we try to get another player in,” McInnes told the Press and Journal.

2nd February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Aberdeen; Florian Kamberi of Hibernian and Tommie Hoban of Aberdeen compete for possession of the ball

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“We will get McKenna back for Wednesday which hopefully helps us a bit in terms of numbers. We were really stretched as a squad today but McKenna coming back helps and the performance of Dom Ball at right back was a real positive.

“Tommie is out for the season. Shay might not be out for the season, best case scenario he is out for seven or eight weeks so hopefully there are still key games left for him to be involved in at the end of the season.”

The Dons face Hamilton in the league tomorrow night before welcoming Rangers to Pittodrie in the Scottish Cup at the weekend.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Odsonne Edouard of Celtic takes on Shaleum Logan of Aberdeen during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Losing two important players could really derail the Dons’ season and their attempts to secure European football next season.

With McInnes also only able to add free agents to his side, it will really hinder his chances of adding quality at short notice.

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