Derek McInnes says it’s a shame the international break has arrived now for his Aberdeen players after a promising run of form.

After having three of their games postponed due to COVID-19 protocol breaches, the Dons faced a daunting run of four games in 11 days. They came out the other side of that superbly.

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Aberdeen are in good form. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

They won all four games in this spell conceding just once, beating St Johnstone 1-0, Livingston 2-1, Runavik 6-0 and most recently, Hibs 1-0 at Easter Road. A Lewis Ferguson penalty sealed a fine win for McInnes’ team against a Hibees team who hadn’t been beaten up until that point.

With international matches taking place this week, McInnes’ side have another break in fixtures. He hopes that they can continue their form following another period without matches.

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“I do think the international break has come at the wrong time,” said McInnes. “Our season has been stop start and I would really like that to be different. We need to deal with it. We will get a few days work in next week and crack on.

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Wrong time for Dons. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“We have got seven away on international duty so we will keep them topped up and hopefully we will be ready to continue where we left off. We have come through this period pretty well.

“There has been a real togetherness, there has been a strength about us as a club, a responsibility and acknowledgment of our punishment but also a strong sense of getting back to talking about football and what really matters. I have got a brilliant bunch of players and we work for a brilliant club.

“The best way to stop talking about the last few week is to talk about the performances. We work so hard at the club to keep people separated at the club. We have our keepers in different dressing rooms because we can’t have both going down at the same time.

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Testing all the time. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

“We all know with the track and trace system if one goes down you can take another two or three down with you. Every time I get an email from my medical team saying that everybody has passed, it is with a sigh of relief.”

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