Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is not rushing Scott McKenna back from injury, even though the centre-back would certainly help the Dons at the moment.
The Aberdeen stopper could be back for the weekend’s fixture against Hibs, but if he has not recovered from a hamstring injury McInnes won’t take the risk.
“Scott McKenna is potentially touch and go for the Hibs game. However, we will need to be sensible with that” McInnes said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
Been missed by the Dons
McKenna has certainly been missed by the Dons recently. They might not have lost 5-0 to Rangers had he been in the team.
However, McInnes is doing the right thing when it comes to McKenna. There is no doubt he would love to have him back in the team. They rate the player very highly, indeed it was reported by the Daily Record that the Dons want £10 million from any interested parties.
But there is no need to rush him back into the first-team when we are days away from a two-week international break.
It makes more sense to delay McKenna’s comeback until the first fixture after the break, which will be against Motherwell.
Extra rest could help player
That game could already be impactful in the battle to finish third in the Premiership. Therefore, it makes sense to give McKenna the extra two weeks’ recuperation until the Dons head to Fir Park.
Another reason that the Dons should not risk McKenna for the Hibs game is that McInnes has confirmed that Andrew Considine will return to the side. That means that the need for McKenna’s return is not as desperate as it once looked.
Aberdeen are going through a poor spell at the moment. The losses to Rangers and Hearts in the Betfred Cup have put pressure on Derek McInnes. Bringing Scott McKenna back into the team would lift some of that pressure.
However, the Dons boss needs to wait until McKenna is fully fit until he is back in the squad. McInnes will not take a risk with such an important player.