St Johnstone will have more options to pick from against Aberdeen this Saturday after their squad was depleted against Rangers, with the likes of Ibrox loanee Glenn Middleton and Murray Davidson returning and others approaching full fitness.

Liam Gordon has been out for a month with a problem physios have not been able to discover, but he could be back shortly. Cammy MacPherson’s dislocated shoulder is not as bad as first feared and fellow midfielder Craig Bryson is back running. Ibrox loanee Middleton returns after being ineligible to face parent club Rangers last weekend.

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Gordon is on the St Johnstone comeback trail. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Davidson is also cleared to return from a shoulder problem and illness as Saints hunt their first win of the Scottish Premiership season in Aberdeen, following a 2-1 loss to Rangers last weekend. Manager Callum Davidson said: “Liam’s situation is a bit unknown. I don’t really know how long he’ll be out.

“It’s a different type of injury he has and we need to be really careful to make sure that when he comes back he’s 100 per cent right. He goes for a scan next Monday and hopefully he’s in the final stages of his recovery. If we get good news from that, I don’t expect it to be too long after that.

 

“If it’s not as good news, it will maybe be a few more weeks. The sooner I can get Liam back in the better because he’s a real leader on and off the pitch. Cammy will probably be back a lot quicker than we thought. The dislocation wasn’t a bad one in terms of his ligaments etc., so we’re all good that way. Hopefully he’ll be ready next week.

“Craig’s back running and that’s great news for me because he brings experience in the middle of the park. Glenn Middleton, he will return, and Murray Davidson is back. He had a bad cold after his injury but fortunately it wasn’t Covid.”

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