Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted that he has “absolutely no concerns” that injured trio Greg Stewart, Connor McLennan and Dean Campbell will make this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic.
Campbell and Stewart both have foot injuries while McLennan is feeling the effects of a shoulder problem but McInnes is happy that all three will be fine for the trip to Hampden.
The Dons boss has managed his players’ work-load to ensure they are fit to face Celtic and admits that McLennan’s injury is something he’s “getting used to.”
“Connor didn’t train yesterday, but he will train today,” McInnes told the Daily Record.
“Greg and Dean have both done some work yesterday, but because both knocks are on the foot we are trying to resist them doing contact work.
“However, we expect they will be able to participate in full training by Friday and have absolutely no concerns about them not being ready for the game.
“(McLennan) has a wee problem with the shoulder that he’s had for a wee while and he’s played enough games with it. He’s getting used to the pain at times because it’s happened before, but he’s fine.”
McLennan has been an important player for the Dons this term after stepping up from the club’s Academy where, this time last year, he was on the scoresheet at Hampden in the Dons under-20s 3-1 Youth Cup final defeat to Hibs.
Having all three available to face the Hoops will be a huge boost and give McInnes’ side the best chance of returning to the national stadium in May for the final.
With Hearts facing Inverness in the other semi, the winner of the Aberdeen v Celtic clash will surely be favourites to lift the trophy at the end of the season.