Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes gives an update on loanee Greg Leigh’s future
Aberdeen manager Derek Mclnnes hopes he can maintain Greg Leigh regardless of the financial hit of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The full-back was secured on a season-long loan offer until this summer season from Dutch second tier side NAC Breda.
Aberdeen had an alternative where they had first refusal to buy Leigh written into the loan deal.
A charge was likewise agreed in principle for a permanent offer for Leigh, who has a year left on his NAC Breda contract.
Left-back Leigh, 25, impressed during his loan spell with 23 starts till suffering a fractured tibia in a 1-0 defeat of Hamilon on December 14.
That was Leigh’s last Dons look as Scottish football entered into shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 13.
Now back to full fitness Mclnnes wishes to discover a way to secure Leigh for next season however admits that will remain up in the air for now due to Covid-19.
Mclnnes stated: “Greg is fit.
” If there is any way we can discover a method to attempt and keep Greg with us next season then that would be fantastic.
” At the minute though it is still all a wee bit unclear.”
NAC Breda just recently confirmed its gamer spending plan and team size would be cut next season in response to financial losses incurred by the Covid-19 crisis.
To cut expenses, NAC Breda technical supervisor Tom Van Den Abbeele recently validated they would think about a loan deal for Leigh this summertime along with an irreversible move away.
Leigh was bought last summertime from NAC Breda and made a scoring debut in the 5-0 Europa League 2nd certifying round second leg defeat of Chikhura Sachkhere.
His long-term injury was among a variety of blows to McInnes’ defence last season with Ash Taylor suffering a torn hamstring in the first leg versus the Georgians that ruled him out for almost four months of action.
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Aberdeen today received a physical fitness increase with McKenna prepared to go back to training after 3 months out.
Mclnnes is targeting a resumption of training from the Covid-19 shutdown on June 10.
He verified Scotland McKenna will start dealing with his team-mates when the Reds return.
Mclnnes stated: “Scott will be there or thereabouts.
” By now we would be wishing to get him presented to doing some ball work.
” Nevertheless, it will difficult because we will only be able to do specific deal with him.”
The SPFL and SFA were today set to satisfy Scotland’s Public Health, Sport and Wellness minister Joe Fitzpatrick.
Scottish football authorities will promote a return to training on June 10 when the current shutdown of Scottish football at all levels formally ends.
Winger Matty Kennedy might be a short-term doubt for a return having gotten an ankle injury.
Mclnnes said: “Matty had a little ankle issue happening with a few of the work he has been doing. He might take a week or two with the physios, however there is nothing ominous there.
” We would imagine that the full squad would be able to return as they have actually all been doing their work.
” Undoubtedly we have not had the possibility to see them in the flesh at the minute.
” Nevertheless, we would need to presume the majority, if not all, consisting of Scott McKenna, will be ready to do the essential work in June.”
He accepts even when they do return to Cormack Park players will be working separately or in little groups.
He said: “Everybody is ticking away by themselves programme at the minute.
” We put them on more of a close-season programme and left them to it with the emphasis being on the 10th or 11th June.
” When we go back I believe we will be limited in what we will have the ability to do.
” But a minimum of we will be able to have eyes on the players and be able to speak to them.
” We will be able to get them moving again.”