Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hopes to make two new additions to his squad before Saturday’s meeting with Dundee at Dens Park.
The Dons, who drew 1-1 with Rangers on Sunday thanks to Bruce Anderson’s injury-time equaliser, face a defensive crisis with four of their six senior defenders injured or suspended.
Scott McKenna underwent a scan on the hamstring injury he suffered against the Gers yesterday to discover how long he will be sidelined for with fears he could be out for up to two months.
That leaves McInnes with limited defensive options for this weekend with Shay Logan still suspended and Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban both injured.
The Dons manager is working hard to bolster his squad before the trip to face Neil McCann’s Dee.
McInnes said: “We have not had our troubles to seek defensively. We have six senior defenders in the building and four are now injured or suspended.
“Dominic Ball filled in at right back on Sunday and he did that really well.
“It is a real concern and we need to address that this week by trying to get a couple of bodies in.
“We don’t have as big a squad as other teams. Our bench against Rangers was very young but one of our young players, Bruce Anderson, came on and did what he is expected to do when he gets a chance.”
The Dons were far from their best against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers on Sunday and failed to register a single shot on target before Anderson netted the equaliser in the second minute of injury time.
But McInnes felt his side’s abject display was a result of fatigue after taking English Premier League side Burnley to extra time in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Dons manager added: “I am pleased the players will have a couple of days off.
“It will help the players get to those intensity levels that we couldn’t quite reach against Rangers.
“When the dust settles, it is another 1-1 draw. We have had two of them with Burnley (after 90 minutes) and Rangers but we want to win games.
“We have played good teams in those three games but the intention is always to win. For us to be at our best, that freshness will be important come Saturday against Dundee.”