Aberdeen hope to reunite defender Ronald Hernandez with his family soon after stepping up their efforts to bring the full back’s family to Scotland.
The coronavirus pandemic has left Hernandez isolated in the Granite City away from his wife Krisvany and daughter Adeline who are back in Venezuela.
The increased travel restrictions due to the pandemic has made attempts to bring them to Scotland problematic but Dons boss Derek McInnes is hopeful the family will be back together in next couple of weeks.
He said: “His family are still back home and he is trying to get them across.
“We are hoping he can get them over in the next couple of weeks. We are trying to get the paperwork sorted to get them over.
“Everything is just more complicated with the situation we are all facing just now.
“I think the re-assuring thing is that his family are still with family back in Venezuela and that has helped keep his mind at ease although it will be better when they are all in Scotland and are back as a family again.”
McInnes has sympathy for the plight his January deadline day signing has faced since making the move from Norwegian club Stabaek to Pittodrie.
At a time when so many people are feeling isolated Hernandez’s personal situation has been compounded by the distance between his family and himself.
McInnes said: “I could imagine how hard it has been for him. Try to put yourself in that same situation.
“He is in a new environment, is on his own, it is a different language and his family are still back home.”
McInnes is pleased to see his players rally around their new team-mate to ensure international Hernandez, who moved to Pittodrie for a substantial six-figure fee on a four-year-deal, is not alone in his new surroundings,
The Aberdeen manager said: “There is no doubt it has been hard for him but we have kept in regular touch with him and he is also friendly with a lot of the lads.
“Tomas Cerny speaks Spanish but Ronny’;s English is also good. Funso Ojo looks out for him as well. They are keeping in contact through their various group chats, which has been good.
“We have a good bunch of lads and they all look out for each other, which is important especially at times like these.
“There is no doubt it must be having an impact on him but what I can say is that he is a positive, positive lad.”