Defender Mikey Devlin will tomorrow make his long-awaited Dons debut, six months after signing having now fully recovered from his injury nightmare.
Devlin is set to face Cobh Ramblers in Cork, Ireland (2pm) to mark the final step in his comeback from a serious knee injury.
The centre-back has been ruled out for more than a year having suffered a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in May 2016.
Devlin signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Dons in January but was only halfway through his rehabilitation from an injury that wiped out all of last season.
Now he is fully fit and ready to make up for lost time. He said: “My knee feels great. I feel very, very good.
“I am ready for when the manager needs me to play in the team.
“It has been a hard 12 months since I last played.
“The last five or six months at the club have been hard work.
“It was all with an eye to this pre-season to make sure I am in the best shape possible to go and compete for a place. And show the manager and staff what I am capable of.
“All that hard work has prepared me for now and I am ready to kick on in this pre-season.
“I am delighted to be at Aberdeen and want to get going to show what I can do.”
Former Hamilton skipper Devlin sustained the injury in a 4-0 loss to Dundee in the final game of the 2016-17 Premiership campaign.
Dons boss McInnes knew Devlin would likely miss the entire season.
However, he still swooped to secure the 24-year-old in the January transfer window so he could complete his rehabilitation with the Pittodrie medical staff.
Devlin said: “When I signed in January I spoke to the manager about the opportunity to integrate and become familiar with the surroundings, the players and the staff.
“That has certainly came to fruition in terms of how I have settled in.
“Although I have not played a game yet I don’t feel like a new player as I have settled in great. I love being at Aberdeen and as soon as I came here I loved the feel of the club.
“There are a great group of boys and the gaffer and Doc (assistant Tony Docherty) are fantastic.”
McInnes will likely use most of his first-team squad with many substitutes against First Division Ramblers.
Devlin hopes facing the Cork-based side will be the first step towards securing a starting debut against Burnley in the Europa League second qualifying first leg on July 26.
He said: “It is a fantastic draw for us in the Europa League.
“We have some good friendlies coming up in pre-season as well to prepare us for that game.
“it is a really exciting game. As a player you want to play teams at the top level and test yourself to see where you are against them.”