Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that Scotland star Scott McKenna faces “three of four weeks” on the sidelines with a hamstring tear – but admits his side needs to simply get on with it.

McKenna came off just before the half-hour mark of the weekend clash with Kilmarnock but the Aberdeen boss feared it could have been worse.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Scott McKenna of Aberdeen walks on the pitch with team mates prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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With an international break coming up shortly, it’ll minimise how much action McKenna misses for his club after the Dons got results back from a scan on the defender’s hamstring.

“We got the scan results back yesterday morning. As expected, there’s a bit of a tear but it’s not as bad as it could have been,” McInnes told the Press & Journal.

“It’s still going to be either three or four weeks but based on how he felt at the time, we were concerned it might be longer than that. We just need to deal with it and move on.”

The Dons face Ross County this weekend before returning to action against St. Johnstone in a fortnight.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05:Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes reacts during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The League Cup quarter-final clash with Hearts – or the meeting with Rangers shortly afterwards – look as though those will be the games pencilled in for McKenna’s return.

Having him back for two crucial fixtures such as those will be vital for McInnes’ side after a disappointing start to the season so far.

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