Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has provided a striker injury update as he praised Ryan Hedges’ return to action.

The Welsh international came off the Aberdeen bench after being out injured since February to score the winner for his side in a 2-1 Scottish Premiership win over Livingston. Two strikers – Callum Hendry and Fraser Hornby – limped out the match with minor knocks.

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Hedges returned with Aberdeen. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Glass is hopeful it’s nothing serious as he spoke of Hedges’ impact: “Callum got a little knock but I don’t think it’s too significant. His work-rate was phenomenal and he got his reward with the goal. Fraser looked like a dead leg so we’re hopeful that’s nothing too serious but we felt we had to make the change quickly because of the pressure they were putting us under.

“Having Ryan coming back was like having a new player on board for next season already. The club has missed him, the team has missed him, he showed his obvious quality and with a couple of games to go, it’s a huge bonus. It’s a testament to how hard he has worked to get fit that we were able to use him and credit goes to the medical staff too.”

The win in West Lothian puts Aberdeen three points off Hibs in third with two games to go ahead of a match with the Leith club next week, Glass saying: “We knew at half-time that Hibs were losing, and that gave us a massive carrot to dangle in front of the players – can you set up a huge game at Pittodrie?

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Big win. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

“We know what we had to do in that game to set up an opportunity of grabbing third on the final day of the season. I’m delighted for the players to get their reward for the work they put in today. It was important to bounce back from last Sunday, and they did that.

“We know what that performance meant last week, we knew we’d missed an opportunity but once it’s gone, you can’t do anything about it. All you can do is go forward and win the next game and we’ve done that. We could see in training the reaction that was coming.”

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