Evening Express

Aberdeen wait on winger Wright after injury to ankle ligaments in training

Scott Wright in action for Aberdeen.

Aberdeen were today sweating over the fitness of Scott Wright as they await the results of a scan on an ankle injury.

Wright was ruled out of the 1-1 draw with Hibs having suffered swelling to ankle ligaments during training.

He went for a scan last week which proved inconclusive and was yesterday sent for a re-scan.

The Reds are now awaiting on the results for the 21-year-old who was a standout performer in the 4-0 Betfred Cup win over St Mirren recently.

Boss Derek McInnes said: “Scott took a kick in training last Tuesday.

“We were hoping it would settle down.

“There is a bit of swelling on the ligament on Scott’s ankle so he went for a re-scan and we will have a better idea after that.”

Wright was called up to the Scotland U21 squad along with fellow Don Lewis Ferguson for games against Andorra and Netherlands next month.

McInnes said: “We were disappointed Scott missed the Hibs game through injury after being so brilliant the previous week.

“It was as good as Scott has ever been for us.

“We were keen to get Scott going so that (injury) was not the news we wanted.”

Aberdeen also face an injury concern over Northern Ireland international winger Niall McGinn.

The 31-year-old withdrew from the cup win over St Mirren just 20 minutes before kick-off having suffered tightness in a calf during the pre-match warm up.

Boss McInnes had hoped McGinn would feature from the bench at Easter Road but today confirmed he felt a reoccurrence of the calf problem.

McInnes said: “We had McGinn back and I was keen to get him on the pitch when Frank Ross came off.

“But he actually felt a recurrence in the calf when warming up.

“We were reluctant to put him on because of that and it is something we will have to look at.”

McInnes has refused to rule out adding another signing before the transfer window closes on Friday.

He said: “I would like to (add) in one position to give us more balance.

“The squad looks strong but we could maybe do with one more in a certain area of the pitch to give us more balance.”

McInnes was frustrated that Aberdeen conceded a late goal at Easter Road to be held 1-1 by Hibs.

Aberdeen remain undefeated domestically but trail league leaders Hearts by four points.

He said: “If you look at it in the cold light of day it is not the worst result, but when you go that close to winning there is that disappointment.

“We started all right and could have kept the ball better at times.

“Hibs are a tough opponent and not many teams will go there and get their own way so at times we had to dig in and scrap.

“It was disappointing we never kept the ball better in the last 20 minutes.”