Derek McInnes has said that Scott McKenna will be a doubt for Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-offs later this month.

The defender limped off with injury during Aberdeen’s 2-0 Scottish Cup quarter final victory over St Mirren. Goals from Lewis Ferguson and Sam Cosgrove secured progression to the semi-finals for McInnes’ side.

To Hampden the Dons go (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

It’s a fourth consecutive season with a trip to Hampden for Aberdeen but McKenna’s injury is a concern. McInnes reckons that the Scotland international has picked up some sort of hamstring tear, making him a doubt for the national team’s play-off match with Israel and if they get through that, a tie with Norway or Serbia. Victory in both games could take Scotland to their first major tournament since 1998.

“I don’t know how significant it is,” said the Dons boss. “I don’t know if he has overdone it in the gym. His back has been a bit stiff. He stopped midway through the session on Thursday, he didn’t train yesterday. We were confident he would be fine.


“His back and his other hamstring were tight going into the game, but it’s his other hamstring he has injured. The pitch was probably a challenge for the hamstring as well. It was really heavy conditions out there.

Scott McKenna could be a miss for Scotland.

Scott McKenna could be a miss for Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It doesn’t leave us blessed with too many defensive options. Thankfully Mikey Devlin was ready to come on and defended well for us. It is great to have that quality to call upon.

“I don’t know how bad the injury is for Scott until we get it imaged. I think it is some sort of tear in the hamstring. I don’t know how significant. He might be a doubt for the upcoming Scotland games.

“It depends on the grade of the hamstring tear. Hopefully he can be back for us before then. If he is then it will be great for us and for Scotland.”

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