Aberdeen have confirmed Scott McKenna’s hamstring injury will rule him out for up to six weeks.
The defender was sent for a scan after going off after 30 minutes during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Rangers.
It has now been announced the 21-year-old will miss several games with a tear to the muscle, including the Premiership meeting with Hibernian at Easter Road and the Betfred Cup match with St Mirren at Pittodrie.
The Scotland international’s injury hasn’t come at a good time for Aberdeen with Shay Logan, Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban also out.
Logan is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Dens Park to face Dundee and the clash with Hibs at Easter Road on Saturday August 25 due to the red card he picked up against Celtic in the final Premiership game of last season.
Reynolds has been ruled out for the rest of this year after injuring a knee in a pre-season friendly against Cove Rangers.
Loan signing Hoban was signed from Watford ahead of the Europa League tie with Burnley.
The 24-year-old featured in both legs against the Clarets, but he was ruled out of Sunday’s game with Rangers after Thursday’s extra-time loss to Burnley.
As a result of these defensive absences, boss Derek McInnes is looking to bring in another defender to bolster his squad ahead of this weekend’s game against Dundee.
McInnes is also keen to sign a striker to support Stevie May and Sam Cosgrove.
But as of yet he has been unable to recruit in either defence or attack.
It may be that the Dons have to play a waiting game with more players expected to become available once the English transfer window closes on Thursday at 5pm.