Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes worries about pushing the practice loan stars too hard to see the forward’s injury curse strike again

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is concerned that pushing his training loan stars too hard could backfire and cause the forward to injure himself.

With just one goal in eight games, McInnes needs his punching power to start scoring goals now in the pursuit of third place.

McInnes only has two fit senior forwards available as a Fraser Hornby (Stade de Reims) is sidelined for up to six weeks with a thigh injury.

Loan forwards Florian Kamberi (St Gallen) and Callum Hendry (St Johnstone) both arrived without having recently played at their parent clubs.

With just seven games to go this season, McInnes wants to level them up quickly to provide some firepower.

However, he faces a Catch-22 situation as he can’t push them too hard in training for fear of getting injured due to their lack of match time before arriving at Pittodrie.

He said: “I’m trying to manage Kamberi and Hendry this week to make sure we find the right balance.

“The balance (is) between tearing them apart with their work and making sure that we don’t flog them too much, so that we don’t leave us in a situation with these upcoming games where we don’t have two forwards available.

“We could definitely do with that extra goal threat to help us achieve what we want this season.

“However, we are still managing their training, trying to bring them up to standard.

“We’re going to have to really take care of both.

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Aberdeen’s Florian Kamberi and Diego Laxalt compete for the ball at Parkhead this weekend.

“Fraser Hornby got injured and I think it was because he didn’t play enough games.

“You run the risk of that in January sometimes.

“With that in mind, we have two forwards that we need to keep in shape.

“We are fortunate to be able to call on Kamberi and Hendry.”

Scotland Under-21 international Hornby suffered a major tear in his thigh while shooting on goal in Kilmarnock’s 1-0 defeat.

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Fraser Hornby of Aberdeen is treated for an injury in Kilmarnock’s 1-0 loss.

Hendry was presented on the bench as his replacement and scored the winner with his first touch of the game.

This goal, which ended a six-game club record scoring drought, was not enough to secure a starting place for Hendry in the 1-0 loss to Celtic in the next game.

Instead, McInnes went with Kamberi and Niall McGinn up front in a 3-5-2 lineup, although Hendry was introduced in the second half.

McInnes signed Hornby, Kamberi and Hendry on loan on transfer deadline day in a bid to revitalize his failed attack.

Hornby only managed five scoreless starts before sustaining the injury.

Although the normal prognosis for such an injury is six to eight weeks, Hornby informed McInnes he was confident he would return sooner.

Donations will analyze her thigh again later this month in the hope that the attacker is right.

We’ve had a tough hand when it comes to forwards this season.

“In that number nine position, we had Sam Cosgrove out for four months at the start of the season.

“We brought in Marley Watkins (Bristol City) and then he was kicked out for four months and we never saw him again.

“Then obviously Fraser, so we had no problem looking.

“Clearly we could do that with any luck on the injury front.”

Derek McInnes

Hornby’s absence is the latest blow to Aberdeen’s offense this season.

Attacker Ryan Hedges out for the rest of the campaign with a pectoral injury that required surgery.

McInnes said: “We’ve had a tough hand to deal with when it comes to forwards this season.

“In that number nine position, we had Sam Cosgrove out for four months at the start of the season.

“We brought in Marley Watkins (Bristol City) and then he was kicked out for four months and we never saw him again.

“Then obviously Fraser, so we had no problem looking.

“Clearly we could do that with any luck on the injury front.”

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