Aberdeen face a nervous sweat over the fitness of defender Mikey Devlin for the Betfred Cup final.
The centre-back was forced to withdraw from Scotland international duty having sustained a foot injury training with Alex McLeish’s squad.
Devlin was in contention to earn a debut cap, and start, in the Nations League tie away to Albania tomorrow.
However, the Reds now face an edgy wait to discover if the 25-year-old will be fit to face Celtic in the final at Hampden on Sunday December 2.
Aberdeen are keen to investigate the problem further but it could be as late as next week before they know for certain if Devlin will make the Hampden clash.
It is understood the Reds will have to wait for the swelling to subside before the defender’s foot can be scanned to ascertain the extent of the injury.
Devlin has played all but one game for Aberdeen this season and that solitary absence was due to a one-game suspension.
His centre-back partner Scott McKenna is set to start for Scotland in the League C, Group 1 clash at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.
McKenna has forged a strong partnership with Devlin and boss Derek McInnes will be desperate to field that duo at Hampden.
The centre-back partnership of Devlin and McKenna have secured five clean sheets in the previous seven games.
The only other senior defender who can play at centre-back is Andy Considine, who has operated at left-back in recent seasons.
Centre-backs Mark Reynolds (knee) and Tommie Hoban (shoulder) are both out until the winter break through injury.
Devlin met up with the Scotland squad at the start of this week fully fit having produced an impressive shift at the back as the Dons secured a shut-out in the 1-0 defeat of Hibs last Friday.
He was replaced in McLeish’s squad by Celtic’s Jack Hendry.
It was a blow for Devlin who had broken into the international set-up this season after recovering from a serious injury.
Devlin was ruled out for the whole of last season with a cruciate ligament injury.
That injury was sustained in May 2017 while at Hamilton. However, he signed on at Aberdeen in January this year and continued his rehabilitation under the guidance of the Pittodrie medical staff.
He returned from injury in pre-season and made his Dons debut in the 1-1 Europa League qualification tie with Burnley.
Devlin has been a first-team starter ever since and has not had any injury concerns – until hurting a foot with Scotland.
Fellow Aberdeen players Graeme Shinnie and Gary Mackay-Steven are also in the Scotland squad that today jetted out to Albania. The Scots also face Israel at Hampden on Tuesday in the Nations League.
Shinnie stressed that the Scotland squad are every bit as keen as the Tartan Army to get to Euro 2020. The Scots have not qualified for the finals of a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.
Scots’ hopes of topping the group suffered a setback when losing 2-1 to Israel in Haifa in their last Group C1 game.
In contention to win his fifth cap, Aberdonian Shinnie is under no illusions as to the importance of both Nations League ties.
Shinnie said: “The squad is desperate to qualify, like the whole nation is, and yes, we know the importance of it.
“We are all determined to do that as a squad. It is something that we are working hard for.”
Some pressure descended on McLeish and his players after the dismal display against Israel. Shinnie said: “Football is always pressure.
“We know that everyone in the squad can handle it, they prove it at club level and it is about going out and proving it on the day.
“These two games are massive for us and if we can win both of them you will get the plaudits so you take the good and the bad.”