Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted that he fears the worst over Ash Taylor’s hamstring injury – with the Dons now without half of their first-team defenders through injury.

Taylor limped out of the Europa League draw with Chikhura Sachkhere after 18 minutes and McInnes is worried be could be out of action for a while.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Ash Taylor of Aberdeen controls the ball during the UEFA Europa league second qualifying round, first leg match between Aberdeen and Ventspils at Pittodrie Stadium on July 14, 2016 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Aberdeen have been without Greg Leigh and Mikey Devlin so far and McInnes admitted that leaves him with only three fit defenders.

“It is a hamstring injury with Ash and naturally we fear the worst with that,” McInnes told the Evening Express.

“I don’t think he will be back any time soon. But hopefully it is not as bad as maybe it could be.

“We have three injured defenders now and we only carry six.”

Taylor only returned to Pittodrie this summer and his absence will be felt by the Dons with McInnes going to be forced into a reshuffle.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Derek McInnes manager of Aberdeen reacts during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With only a week until the league gets underway too, McInnes will be no doubt be concerned over who he has available.

Ryan Hedges moved back into left-back against the Georgians on Thursday while Shay Logan could move across from right-back but it leaves McInnes moving people around to fill gaps before the season has really got started.

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