Aberdeen’s Stevie May just be ready for outing against Dundee United in Scottish Cup tie

Hibernian's Efe Ambrose, right, with Aberdeen's Stevie May.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hopes to have striker Stevie May available for the Scottish Cup tie against Dundee United.

Summer signing May, a £400,000 capture from Preston, has missed the last four games with an ankle injury.

May returned to training late last week and is set to step up his comeback.

McInnes said: “Hopefully we will get Stevie May back this week and then that will only be Joe Lewis out.”

Keeper Lewis underwent surgery on knee ligament damage last week and is set to be sidelined for between two to three months.

Newcastle United keeper Freddie Woodman was drafted in on loan until the end of the season in reaction to Lewis’ injury.

The 20-year-old started in the win over Hamilton.

Meanwhile, McInnes reckons unsung hero Andy Considine does not get the credit he deserves.

However, McInnes hailed the Pittodrie veteran as “invaluable” after the defender netted a brace in the 3-0 defeat of Hamilton.

The 30-year-old is sixth in the Dons all-time appearance list on 415 games.

Only Willie Miller (797), Alex McLeish (686), Bobby Clark (595), Stewart McKimmie (561) and Jim Leighton (535) have made more Aberdeen appearances.

McInnes said: “Sometimes people maybe don’t appreciate exactly what Andy gives us.

“Like every team there will always be ones people hang onto and they are more of a hero than others.

“But for me Andy is one of those who is so invaluable

“People who know football will see the benefit of having Andy.

“I was really pleased he got a bit of recognition for his work with a couple of goals.”

Considine grabbed the opener against Hamilton with a half-volley and then made it 3-0 with a header.

McInnes said: “He is such a steady performer and gives us that extra header as well in both boxes.

“Andy is actually a very good finisher and for his first goal he reacted like a striker.

“With the first goal he reacts well and wheels and hits it with his left foot.

“His header was a bit more straightforward, but his general game was very good.”

Victory over Hamilton capped a fruitful week for the Reds with nine points from three games.

Aberdeen rattled in 10 goals in those three games as they also defeated Kilmarnock (3-1) and Ross County (4-2).

They also capitalised on Rangers losing to Hibs (2-1) to open up a six-point gap on the Ibrox side.

McInnes said: “It is great to see other players contributing goals that you wouldn’t maybe expect.

“That has been a theme this season as we have spread goals throughout the squad.”

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