Injury scare for Dons ahead of Europa League tie

Aberdeen's Greg Leigh leaves the field with an injury
Aberdeen's Greg Leigh leaves the field with an injury

Aberdeen suffered an injury scare in their final pre-season game before facing RoPS of Finland on Thursday when Greg Leigh limped off against Caley Thistle in the 1-1 draw at Borough Briggs in Elgin.

Leigh injured his ankle following an innocuous challenge from Roddy MacKenzie of Inverness and was forced off after just 22 minutes to give his manager Derek McInnes cause for concern ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie at Pittodrie.

Inverness boss John Robertson has an injury scare of his own to contend with after Shaun Rooney also suffered an ankle injury which ended his participation after six minutes.

Sam Cosgrove and Ryan Hedges were rested for the trip to Borough Briggs after suffering knocks in the 2-0 win against Peterhead on Wednesday but Connor McLennan came into the starting line-up for his first appearance of pre-season.

Craig Bryson and Niall McGinn were both on the bench for the Dons.

For Inverness, captain Carl Tremarco did not feature at Elgin but new loan signing from Middlesbrough, Mitchell Curry, did start against the Dons.

Shaun Rooney limped off with an ankle injury after six minutes for Inverness and from the restart Scott Wright raced clear before squaring the ball to Curtis Main but the striker shot straight at Cammy MacKay.

Dean Campbell and Shay also fired efforts over the crossbar before McLennan’s excellent through ball sent Main clear on goal but MacKay did well to save the forward’s shot.

Following the promising opening was cause for concern in the Dons dugout as Leigh left the field to be replaced by Andy Considine.

The Dons opened the scoring just after the hour mark when Jon Gallagher was tripped by Nikolay Todorov in the box and from the resulting spot kick Main sent MacKay the wrong way to put his side in front.

Inverness drew level from a set-piece.

Tom Walsh, who had seen his free kick deflected for corner, whipped in a curling delivery which was flicked on by Jordan White into the path of Brad McKay who converted at the back post.