28 Feb Kilmarnock forwards Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy doubtful for cup tie at Aberdeen
Kilmarnock could be without strike pair Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy for their William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final at Aberdeen.
Boyd sat out Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Hearts with a tight hamstring and goalscorer Brophy succumbed to a similar problem 12 minutes into the second half.
The former Hamilton player put Killie ahead inside three minutes after holding off Scotland defender Christophe Berra and finishing well, and forced a good save from Jon McLaughlin with a powerful effort just before the hosts equalised.
Manager Steve Clarke said: “He’s done well, Eamonn. It’s the first time we have played him as a lone striker and he showed what he can do.
“Unfortunately he picked up a little bit of a tight hamstring so will be a doubt for the weekend as well as Kris.
“But when you’re playing game after game it’s part and parcel, so it’s maybe a chance for someone else at the weekend.”
Lee Erwin came off the bench to replace Brophy and tested McLaughlin three times before Jamie MacDonald saved a stoppage-time penalty from Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty.
“We have many people in reserve who can step up,” Clarke said when asked about Erwin’s display.
“He had a good header and another decent save from the goalkeeper. He had a chance on edge of the box he should have done better with.
“Young Greg Kiltie is also on the bench ready to step up. We just deal with circumstances inflicted on us and patch everyone up and be ready for another tough one at the weekend at Aberdeen.”