CAPTAIN Graeme Shinnie may have played his last game for Aberdeen as Derek McInnes confirmed fears he could be out injured for the rest of the season.
With Derby County closing in on signing the midfielder, McInnes accepts it is “extremely unlikely” Shinnie will remain at Pittodrie.
Out of contract at the end of the season, Scotland cap Shinnie recently travelled down to Championship side Derby County for talks.
The 27-year-old sustained an ankle injury late on in the 1-0 win at Kilmarnock that jumped the Reds into third in the Premiership.
A third spot finish will secure European qualification, but McInnes accepts Shinnie will probably not be at the Dons to enjoy continental action.
McInnes said: “I have to say he (Shinnie) will be a doubt for the remaining games.
“It is not good. His ankle is a bit of a mess.
“We will see how it goes.”
Despite sustaining the injury in the 84th minute and receiving treatment on the pitch, Shinnie played on as the Reds’ three substitutes had already been used.
Aberdeen have offered Shinnie a new, improved contract that would make him the highest paid player at the club.
It is also understood to last for five years and would include a possible testimonial.
However, Derby boss Frank Lampard has admitted he is keen to sign Shinnie, who has also been targeted by other English clubs.
Derby are currently operating under a “soft transfer embargo”.
The English Football League are looking into the Rams’ finances, although the Pride Park club insist they have been fully compliant with the new profitability and sustainability rules.
It is understood the soft embargo will be lifted within the next week or two, which would allow Lampard to push through the move for Shinnie.
On the chance of Shinnie being at Pittodrie beyond the summer, McInnes said: “I think there is a chance but it is extremely unlikely, truth be told.
“It is up to Graeme to sort out his future.
“We thought that we would still have an opportunity to keep him but there are one or two, one in particular, that is obviously very tempting for him.
“I can’t say too much about that at the minute, as it is up to Derby County to sort out what they have to in terms of signing players.
“We might be in a position to put some clarity on that over the next week or two.
“It wasn’t ideal for me, as I have been asking Shinnie for months and months what his future is.
“Then it comes out and blows up in the build-up to the (Scottish Cup) semi-final (loss to Celtic).
“It is better for everyone if we get clarity on it.”
The challenge from Stuart Findlay that resulted in Shinnie’s injury was the Kilmarnock centre-back’s second yellow card of the game.
Findlay was one of three Kilmarnock players sent off by referee Steven McLean, who also produced eight yellow cards.
Centre-back Kirk Broadfoot received a straight red in the first half for a studs up lunge on Joe Lewis where he connected with the keeper’s face.
McInnes reckoned Broadfoot was offside before the incident and confirmed Lewis was fine.
In injury time Rory McKenzie was dismissed via a straight red for lashing out at Dom Ball.
McInnes said: “With Findlay, I thought his second was a yellow.
“For the third I know McKenzie and he is a brilliant lad and if he has kicked out I would be very surprised.”