He thought he’d be on the treatment table for months – so it’s a relief for Leeds United prospect Ryan Edmondson to now be able to continue his loan spell at Aberdeen.
The striker was signed by Derek McInnes last month as the Dons boss looked for reinforcement in forward areas. He brought in Edmondson from Leeds, who himself was looking for senior experience.
A highly-thought of player at Elland Road, the young attacker will remain at Pittodrie until January 2021. It looked likely that he would miss a hefty amount of minutes after sustaining an ankle injury.
It appeared as if it was serious, but intense rehab has brought him back into Reds contention. Edmondson made his return to Aberdeen from Leeds over the last couple of weeks and reappeared at the weekend during a 3-0 defeat to Motherwell.
The forward says he is ‘lucky’ to be back playing so quickly as he looks ahead to potential Europa League experience, Aberdeen taking on Sporting Lisbon tomorrow night in third round qualifying action.
“I thought with my injury I was going to be out for a long time, but I have got 45 minutes,” said Edmondson. “I was initially given a long timeline with my rehab. I said I wanted to be back playing as soon as possible. I was doing seven hour days with my rehab. I am lucky to be back fit, injury free and hopefully I can stay like that for the rest of my time here and grab a few goals.
“I felt really good after the Rangers game so getting injured was a major blow because I was really enjoying my time up here. To come out of a squad for five to six weeks, it was hard at first to readapt because they had changed the shape. I have adapted well and have been back in training for the last few days.
“We will go to Lisbon and do everything we can to try and come away with the win. They have got to deal with the COVID situation, and they will have boys missing. Hopefully, we can take advantage of it, but they have a very strong squad and we know whatever team they put out with be a very good side.
“It would be great to play against Sporting, hopefully I could be involved, and it would be a great experience for myself and the rest of the lads.”