Aberdeen may have lost Zak Vyner for the season after the Bristol City utility man picked up another shoulder injury.
A natural centre-back, Vyner first picked up a shoulder knock a few weeks ago, which forced him to miss the Dons’ 3-1 win over Ross County. It was put down to a minor injury.
It has cropped up again though after initial assessments and McInnes has confirmed that surgery may be required now. It’s surgery that could end Vyner’s season.
He told the Aberdeen website: “Zak has done his shoulder for the second time and there is a concern there. Last time he was out for three weeks and the specialist said he didn’t need an operation.
“He will go and revisit the specialist and obviously between ourselves and Bristol City we will do what is best for Zak. There is a real risk that he would need the operation that was mentioned previously which would mean that he is out for the rest of the season.
“If Zak does need the operation, hopefully we can do some smart work in January and get two or three additions in.”
Gutting for Vyner
It’s a real shame for Vyner if this is how his season ends. He’s been a really handy player for McInnes, filling in at centre-back, right-back and even in defensive midfield.
Overall he’s made 18 appearances this season, scoring once in spectacular fashion away to Motherwell. It sounds as if Bristol City will work with Aberdeen to work out what’s best for Vyner.
Vyner was hooked at half time with the injury in Aberdeen’s 1-1 draw with Hearts. The Jambos had taken the lead through Ryotaro Meshino before Niall McGinn, who replaced Vyner, scored a superb equaliser.
It leaves the Dons one point off Motherwell in third as they push for European football once more. It sounds as if they’ll need to start thinking about trying to achieve that goal without Vyner.