Aberdeen could be without star striker Christian Ramirez this afternoon when they face Hearts at Pittodrie – with manager Stephen Glass set to wrap him in cotton wool to avoid an extended spell on the sidelines.

Ramirez limped out of the 2-2 draw with Rangers in midweek and the Glass confirmed he will be assessed ahead of kick-off, remaining “hopeful” the former Houston Dynamo striker will be fit.

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After ending their ten-game winless run, the Dons are undefeated in two but Glass won’t risk any of his players against Hearts if it means having to do without them for longer as a result.

“Christian will be assessed like the rest of them and we’re hopeful that he’ll be okay,” Glass said.

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“But like we had to do with Marley the other night, we’ll be protective of our assets and keep them on the pitch as long as we can.

“If that means not starting a game or bringing them on, then that’s what we’ll do.

“We are hopeful we will go with our strongest group.”

Ramirez has hit the net nine times in 18 games for the Dons since his summer move and the American’s absence would be a big loss for them.

Aberdeen are already without defenders Calvin Ramsay, Jack MacKenzie, Declan Gallagher, Andy Considine and Mikey Devlin for the clash with Hearts so losing a key player in attack like Ramirez would be another big blow for the Dons.

As Hearts look to extend their own unbeaten run to 12 games, the Pittodrie fixture could be an absolute cracker this afternoon – with or without Ramirez.

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