By Calum McCrindle and Ben Banks
Derek McInnes has provided reason as to why Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove missed the 2-2 comeback draw with Kilmarnock.
The Dons travelled to Ayrshire without their 23-goal striker, who has found himself making appearances from the bench for a few weeks now. He wasn’t involved at all in the Rugby Park meeting as the Dons had to show resilience.
Eamonn Brophy scored from the spot and Greg Kiltie doubled the Killie lead as they looked set for their first win over Aberdeen at Rugby Park since 2011. It wasn’t to be though as goals from Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan had McInnes’ men level.
Whilst a good point given the circumstances, Aberdeen now trail third place Motherwell by three points. Speaking after the game, McInnes explained why Cosgrove didn’t feature, whilst also providing an update on other Dons stars.
“Sam has a back spasm,” said McInnes. “He trained on Monday and he felt his back go into a spasm towards the end of the session. We trained later on Tuesday afternoon, we felt he would be okay to train and travel, but he wasn’t in a position to do so.
“We made the decision to leave him in Aberdeen and to try and get him back for Hibs on Saturday. Craig Bryson can’t play on astro turf, Dean Campbell is suspended, Scott McKenna and Sam were out so we didn’t have our troubles to seek tonight.
“Craig will be back for Saturday and hopefully Sam will be as well.
“There were spells after the second goal where I thought that we could go on and win it. In fairness I thought Kilmarnock territorially had the better of the last 20 minutes, they responded well, they showed that they are a good team. This might turn out to be a really important point.”