Huge blow for Aberdeen as star player ruled out of reason of 2020/21 season
"He has a real unusual injury. He has torn the muscle off his pectoral and it is an injury you don't really see in football, it is more rugby and wrestling, so he will be out for the season with his operation. It is a real blow but one we need to deal with.
"I am gutted for Ryan. He has had such a good campaign and taken on a lot of responsibility and carried that attacking threat.
"It is a huge season for him with his own aspirations of getting to the Euros. It is tough on the team, it is tough for Ryan, but we have to deal with those challenges.
"He might have an outside chance of the Euros. Until the surgeon gets in and really explores the injury we would be second guessing.
"Because it is a rupture of the muscle, similar to a hamstring, you are probably talking the best part of three months. He potentially could get maybe back for a game or two towards the end, but to put himself forward for the Wales squad he has to be playing games, so it is not impossible but it is a big challenge."
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