Aberdeen have been given a boost with the news that Stephen Gleeson and Mikey Devlin are set to face West Brom tonight and be available for Europa League tie with Burnley.
The pair have been out since the Dons’ friendly with St Johnstone on July 8 with knee and groin injuries respectively.
But both rejoined training yesterday and are set to feature against the Baggies at Pittodrie tonight.
This also means if they come through unscathed they will be in contention to face the Clarets in the second round of Europa League qualifying on Thursday.
Midfielder Gleeson, a summer signing, was sent of for a scan but his injury was not as bad as feared.
Centre-back Devlin joined in January from Hamilton Accies when he was still recovering from a cruciate ligament injury suffered on the final day of the 2016-17 season.
He sustained a groin strain against St Johnstone.
Despite the return of Gleeson and Devlin, boss Derek McInnes has a number of other injury concerns.
Andy Considine is concussed from his collision with Jordon Brown in Sunday’s abandoned friendly with Cove Rangers.
Mark Reynolds came off with a knee injury in that game and has had a scan and it looks as if he may require an operation and could be out of action for a number of weeks.
Niall McGinn and Frank Ross also have niggles, but McInnes hopes they will be back in training on Monday.
He said: “Andy Considine is concussed from the Cove game. He will take part in training at the start of next week.
“There’s a five-day ruling from when he has satisfied the doctor’s test.
“For us that wasn’t in time for the West Brom.
“Reynolds has gone for a scan on his knee and will go and see the specialist again on Monday with him being scoped and the likelihood that he will need some sort of knee surgery.
“Just what that entails we won’t know until the surgeon goes in. But we expect him to be out for a few weeks.
“Greg Tansey is out with his groin.
“Niall McGinn has got a slight thigh injury but we’re hoping that once and for all we can clear it up and he will back in training on Monday.
“Frank Ross picked up a little groin injury, it’s nothing too concerning, but enough to keep him out of the West Brom game.
“Stephen Gleeson picked up a knee injury in the St Johnstone game, but he came back and trained yesterday.
“Devlin picked up a little groin strain against St Johnstone, but he joined training again yesterday and hopefully him and Gleeson can play some part against West Brom.
“With Gleeson I think there was a real concern about the nature of the injury and he’s managed to overcome that.
“Devlin is a boost as well because we need to keep Mikey going getting games and minutes.
“But also because with Andy and Reynolds out we are really short of defenders.
“So if Mikey has no reaction to training he’ll be involved in West Brom.”
Another positive piece of news for McInnes was the signing of Dominic Ball on a season-long loan from Rotherham on Wednesday.
The midfielder, who can also play in defence, spent last season with the Dons and made 22 appearances.
Ball impressed in the post-split fixtures as the Dons secured a fourth successive second place finish in the Premiership with a final day win against Celtic.
McInnes hopes Ball can continue that form from the end of last campaign.
He added: “With the situation we have with a lot of injuries at the minute it was accelarated.
“Dom was one we’d kept in touch with over the summer.
“We monitored his situation like we said we would do.
“I was really pleased with how Dom finished last campaign, I think he started nine of the last 10 games.
“I thought in the post-split games he was very important to us and we just want Dom to pick up where we left off. “I think familiarity when you bring someone in is always good as well.
“That helps, there’s no settling in period, he’s straight in the door and very popular with the lads and popular with the staff.
“Speaking to Dom I think he felt a bit disappointed with himself in the early part of his time here.
“He came and maybe wasn’t as quite as fit and sharp as he wanted to be, which in turn he maybe didn’t play as often as he wanted to.
“But once he got in, he certainly showed the improvement as he played regularly.
“The challenge is there again for him to go and be that player for us.”