Injury update: Kennedy, Van Veen and Stewart

Matty Kennedy is set to miss our cinch Premiership clash against St Mirren.

The influential winger missed our Scottish Cup quarter-final clash against Aberdeen due to a knee injury, and that will also keep him out of this weekend’s match.

Boss Derek McInnes said: “We had Matty’s knee scanned and he’s got a Grade 1 strain on his medial ligament which is what we thought it was.

“Unfortunately for us it means he’ll not be back until after the international break, he won’t miss too many games but St Mirren will come too soon for him.

“We missed him last week, there’s no doubt about that. It’s important that we adapt better than we did against Aberdeen, we’ve got an important fixture this weekend.

“He should be available for the Hearts game, it’s normally between 10 days and two-and-a-half weeks for that kind of injury.”

McInnes has also offered an update on Kevin Van Veen after an injury flared up during last week’s match: “Kevin hasn’t trained yet this week, he had a bad hamstring injury earlier on in his career and he was aware of that on Saturday when he was warming up to go on, this was during the game, not before.

“It became clear he wasn’t able to go on which was a bit of a blow to us, we were going to put him on – he hasn’t trained since though.

“Hopefully he will be fit for the weekend, it’s still up for debate whether we will be able to play him.

“It has been a bit stop-start with him between illness and a few little niggles, we’re keen to get him going.

“If this injury settles down, we’re hoping he’s available for Saturday, we’ve not ruled him out for the game.

“The physios are working hard with him, we signed him to be a big player and we have to get him fit to be that player.

On Greg Stewart, McInnes said: “Likewise with Greg Stewart, he’s got the onset of a hernia that he’s probably going to need to get worked on at some point, so he’s got a groin injury.

“That’s one we’re trying to manage, both of them since joining in January haven’t had their issues to seek, but hopefully they can still have an impact between now and the end of the season.”

Brad Lyons and Kyle Magennis remain out, Lewis Mayo will serve his one-match suspension.