Derek McInnes believes Stevie May holds the key to Aberdeen’s fortunes

Derek McInnes has called on returning striker Stevie May to lead Aberdeen to glory this season.

May has been absent – barring a fleeting substitute appearance four weeks ago – since before Christmas after suffering an ankle injury, but is finally expected to make a comeback.

He was due to make an appearance in the Scottish Cup win over Dundee United at the weekend but a lack of serious training ended up costing him the chance.

Dons boss McInnes thinks the 25-year-old will be back to face Hibernian this weekend and can be a big influence between now and the end of the season.

“I was a wee bit disappointed last week that we couldn’t get on the grass often enough and that restricted Stevie’s training,” McInnes said. “That’s why he wasn’t involved on Sunday.

“He has managed to get a couple of grass sessions in now and he’s moving well and I’m pleased to get him back in amongst it.”

On the striker’s importance to the club, he added: “I feel as though we managed to get some results in his absence, but there’s no doubting that although we have scored a lot of goals, Stevie has a big part to play between now and the end of the season.

“All the players have a part to play but I think he, in particular, will have a big roll to play in where we finish up this season and how the honours are dished out.

“He came with a big reputation and expectation, he’s had a few knocks but there’s no doubt that in our best performances Stevie May has had a big part to play and hopefully we can get more of the same between now and the end of the campaign.”

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