Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was understandably upset after Ryan Hedges was ruled out for the rest of the season with a chest injury.
However, he has not completely given up hope that the 25-year-old could feature for Wales in this summer’s Euro 2020 campaign. Although he does concede that at the moment it is only an outside chance.
McInnes admitted that he felt ‘gutted’ for the player, who underwent an operation for a pictorial muscle injury on Friday.
“It is a really unusual injury”
“It is a really unusual injury. He has ruptured the muscle off of his pictorial. It is an injury that you don’t see a lot in football. It is more one that you get with rugby or wrestling. I am gutted for Ryan” he said (official Aberdeen website).
So far this season, Hedges had made 29 appearances, scoring eight goals for the Dons. That shows just important he has been for the club. McInnes went on to state that both Hedges and Scott Wright, who joined Rangers on transfer deadline day, will be missed by the Dons.
“He carried that attacking threat”
“He (Hedges) has carried that attacking threat and the creativity and speed that both him and Scott had. To be without both lads is a real blow. We are gutted for Ryan with his own aspirations and trying to get to the Euros.”
However, McInnes did state that all is not lost regarding Hedges and Euro 2020.
“The feeling is because it is a rupture of the muscle, similar to a hamstring, you are probably talking the best part of two to three months, leaning more towards the three months.
“He could maybe get back for a game or two towards the end. But to put himself towards the Welsh squad he would have to be playing a lot more games” McInnes disclosed.