McInnes happy with squad as Dons prepare for training camp in Dubai

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

Derek McInnes today confirmed players could go out on loan to make way for a signings in January – but only if a quality addition becomes available.

The Dons gaffer insists he is happy with the size of his squad but could be willing to shuffle

McInnes has already signed Northern Ireland cap Niall McGinn until 2021 and will only move for a player who can add a similar boost to a squad currently second in the Premiership table.

And McInnes, who takes the Dons to Dubai for a warm weather training camp next week, insists he would be happy with his squad if the transfer window closed today.

He said: “We may need to be flexible with the squad with one or two either going out on loan, or whatever.

“These are discussions we will be having over the course of the next few weeks.

“That might create the opportunity to maybe get one or two things done ourselves.

“However, I don’t expect us to be too busy during the January transfer market.

“But when you get a player who becomes available like the quality of Niall McGinn then you have to try to make that happen.

“If something similar comes up in another position then we may try to do something.

“However, I am happy with what the players are already giving us.

“If you looked at the substitutes’ bench against Hearts, there were a number of youngsters who will be keen to be involved.

“I would be more than happy going into the second half of the campaign with the squad I have.”

Aberdeen will jet off to the United Arab Emirates next Tuesday for the training camp.

The squad will return for duty in a few days having had a week off following the 0-0 draw with Hearts in the final game before the winter shutdown.

However, injured duo Stevie May and Greg Tansey both reported back early at Pittodrie yesterday.

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Greg Tansey and Stevie May.

Striker May has missed the last three games with a badly bruised ankle following a challenge from Ryan Jack in the 2-1 loss to Rangers.

The summer signing featured in two matches after that but the injury continued to give him problems.

Fellow summer signing Tansey has only played in three games since late October when he underwent an operation on a hernia.

He has been out since the 3-0 loss at Rangers on November 29 with a groin problem.

Both May and Tansey will work with the club physios this week.

They will both jet out to the United Arab Emirates to continue that work with the physios although they are unlikely to feature against Lokomotiv Tashkent in a closed doors friendly next Sunday.

New signing McGinn, who had hernia surgery in early December, also reported back early as he works to get back to full match sharpness.

McInnes said: “Niall had a few days at home then came back to work with the physio along with Greg and Stevie.

“We don’t anticipate any issues, so that Niall will then be there or thereabouts when we go to the training camp.

“Hopefully, Niall is available to play against St Mirren in the Scottish Cup, that’s the ideal scenario.”

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