Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is confident Dons manager Derek McInnes will have his squad ready for the start of the Europa League campaign in three weeks – despite losing some key players over the summer.

The Dons lost Graeme Shinnie, Greg Stewart, James Wilson, Tommie Hoban and Max Lowe at the end of the season but have moved to add Curtis Main, Ash Taylor and Ryan Hedges to the squad so far – with McInnes hopeful several of those who left could still return to Pittodrie.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Joe Lewis, Max Lowe and Shay Logan of Aberdeen reacts at full time during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hapden Park on October 28, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Lewis admits that’s part of life at a club like Aberdeen when players are performing so well but believes McInnes will have a plan in place to bolster his squad.

“Players move on in the summer and that is always going to be the difficulty that a club like Aberdeen face,” Lewis told the Evening Express.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 02: Joe Lewis of Aberdeen is congratulated by Andrew Considine as he saves a penalty from Scott Sinclair of Celtic during the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“When you have players that are doing so well and the team is achieving it is inevitably going to attract attention. That results in players moving on.

“It has happened every year since I have been here and it is happening again this time.

“However we have a manager who will be backed by the club to go and get in the players he is looking at.

“The manager will have a plan in place to replace the players who have left the club.

“He will have targeted certain areas to bring quality players in for the start of the new season.”

After finishing fourth in the league last season following successive second-place finishes McInnes side will be hoping to bounce back and climb back up the table.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 26: Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is seen during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st leg match between Aberdeen and Burnley at Pittodrie Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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If the Dons can get the likes of Dom Ball and James Wilson back then it would go a long way to helping them get to where they want to be.

McInnes’ signings so far haven’t exactly been the most promising so far though but there’s still plenty of time left in the transfer window for him to turn that around.

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