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On-loan striker Wilson was set to start for Aberdeen against Kilmarnock, boss McInnes reveals

Aberdeen's James Wilson on his Dons debut.

Dons boss Derek McInnes today confirmed Manchester United striker James Wilson was set to start against Kilmarnock – until a hamstring injury wrecked his home debut.

McInnes had worked with the on-loan Old Trafford centre-forward during training in the build-up to the Killie game on the assumption he would start.

However, Wilson felt a tightness in his hamstring 48 hours before the game.

Wilson signed on a season-long loan deal from the English giants.

His debut was delayed as Wilson was ruled out of the 4-0 Betfred Cup defeat of St Mirren with an ankle injury sustained while playing for United’s U23s.

Wilson made his debut as a substitute in the second half of the 1-1 draw at Hibs.

Despite the hamstring injury ruling him out of the 2-0 loss to Kilmarnock, McInnes is confident the former England U21 star will be fit to face St Johnstone after the international break.

McInnes said: “James was down to start against Kilmarnock.

“We had worked with him all week to try to get him that start.

“However he had a little bit of tightness in his hamstring on Thursday.

“James was desperately disappointed not to play against Kilmarnock.

“We are confident he will be fit enough for the international break and will use it to top up his fitness.”

Wilson’s omission for the Kilmarnock game was the latest injury setback for Aberdeen this season.

On-loan Watford defender Tommie Hoban is set to be out for up to three months as he is to undergo shoulder surgery.

Hoban sustained the injury when falling awkwardly as he scored at Hibs.

Centre-back Mark Reynolds is out until February having undergone knee surgery.

Fellow centre-back Scott McKenna has missed the last four games with a hamstring tear.

Scotland cap McKenna is set to return after the international break for the game at St Johnstone.

Right-back Shaleum Logan was suspended for the first three games of the domestic season.

Winger Scott Wright is set to be sidelined for up to two months with an ankle ligament injury sustained in training.

Aberdeen have taken just five points from the opening 12 and sit in eighth in the Premiership table.

McInnes said: “Had we got a result against Kilmarnock it would have been a solid start.

“There is no shame in losing to Burnley (4-2 on aggregate in the Europa League second qualifying round).

“We are into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

“Two of the four league games were against Hibs and Rangers which are always tough games.

“What worries us is that consistency of selection. We’re not getting it at the minute.”