Hibernian vs Aberdeen Preview: Hedges out for the season

Ryan Hedges will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a ruptured pectoral muscle in the loss to Livingston.

The pectoral muscle connects the chest to the shoulder.

This explains the forward holding his shoulder after falling awkwardly on Tuesday night.

It is a bitter blow for Hedges who was targeting making the Wales squad for the delayed Euro 2021 tournament planned to take place this summer.

Hedges has been a vital member of the Dons side this season scoring eight and setting up three in all competitions.

Ryan Hedges is out for the rest of the season

Boss Derek McInnes said he and the entire squad were hugely disappointed for the Welshman.

On Hedges, McInnes said: “Ryan Hedges will go for an operation on Friday.

“It’s a really unusual injury. He has ruptured the muscle off of his pectoral. It is an injury that you don’t see a lot in football, it is more one that you get with rugby or wrestling.

“We are gutted for Ryan with his own aspirations and trying to get to the Euros.”

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On when Florian Kamberi can make his first appearance for the club, McInnes said the process to get his work permit is taking time with the current covid situation.

Kamberi, who was signed on loan from St Gallen in the January window and who scored twenty-one goals in seventy appearances for Hibs, will not make tomorrow’s game.

McInnes predicted Kamberi could be in the country by the 10th of February but did not give any clues to when the Swiss striker would join the squad.

Saturday’s match ‘like a cup final’

McInnes described Saturday’s match like a ‘cup final’ without the trophy and is aware of the significance of the game.

“We are gutted for Ryan with his own aspirations and trying to get to the Euros.”

Hibs are two points ahead of Aberdeen in the race for third with the Dons holding a game in hand on the Easter Road side.

The Hibees have managed to take six points from their previous two games to haul themselves back into the fight for third after a recent blip in form which included being knocked out of the League Cup semi final after a 3-0 thrashing by St Mirren three weeks ago.

Aberdeen are currently going through their own blip having won only one game since the turn of the year. The Dons are currently on a run of three without victory (two draws and a loss), however it’s not all gloom for the Dons who hold a perfect record against Hibs this season, beating the Hibees both home and away without conceding a goal.

Still the pressure is on McInnes with a section of the Red Army dissatisfied with recent results.

McInnes said he was aware of his situation but remained resolute that he is the right man to lead Aberdeen.

“I have felt pressure since day one here. The more you do the more that increases. I am fine with it. I am relaxed about it.

“We go third tomorrow with a game in hand if we win. It is a team we have had to play very well against in both occasions this season. It is a tough ask to go down there and beat them, but it is one that we are more than capable of doing.”

Ash Taylor, who was also injured in the loss to Livingston, is a doubt for tomorrow’s game with a thigh strain.

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Hibernian v Aberdeen, SPL, Easter Road, Saturday, KO 3pm.

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