By Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes’ own admission, the Dons are struggling for midfielders. With this negative comes a positive, in that it should give Aberdeen youngster Dean Campbell a chance to step up again.
Speaking to the Evening Express, McInnes spoke about the lack of midfield options the Red Army have.
He said: “We are short in midfield so that is something we would like to try to address. We have the injuries to Stephen Gleeson and Craig Bryson at the minute.
“Gleeson will go in and get his knee washed out for a little tidy up on Monday. He will be out for three to four weeks. We expect Craig to be okay, but even to get through these next three games we are clearly short in there.
“We have young Lewis Ferguson and Dean Campbell and a couple of the younger lads from the development squad with us.”
Aberdeen injuries give Campbell an opportunity
The 18-year old midfielder has featured heavily alongside Lewis Ferguson in pre-season. It is very likely this will be the Dons’ midfield combination during the opening European qualifiers.
With so much quality in the Dons midfield just now, Campbell has to impress while he has the chance. Bryson and Ferguson will probably be the starting combination when they are fully fit.
These game against RoPS Rovaniemi give Campbell a chance to show he’s still chapping on the door and is very capable of taking their places when need be.
A good passer of the ball and a decent battler in the middle, Campbell has shown maturity beyond his years in his 12 first team appearances at Pittodrie so far.
With injuries upon the midfield, this is Campbell’s time to shine in Europe.