Inverness Caley Thistle fear Richie Foran festive absence

Inverness Caley Thistle forward Richie Foran receives treatment

Inverness Caledonian Thistle fear they will be without for the busy festive fixtures after their captain injured his shoulder.

The 33-year-old forward landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson.

And Caley Thistle manager John Hughes told BBC Scotland: "It looks like Richie has popped his shoulder.

"I'm really disappointed about that, but hopefully, fingers crossed, it will only be a couple of weeks."

Foran, who went off two minutes into the second half, has scored four times in 18 matches, but his versatility and leadership are valued highly by Hughes.

"He's a massive part of what we do at this club," said the manager. "He'll be a big miss for us.

"We will now have to wait and see how long he is going to be out for as I don't know yet.

"But, we'll just need to get on with it. It gives someone else an opportunity."

allowed victors Aberdeen and Dundee United, who defeated Ross County, to leapfrog Hughes' side.

However, the Inverness manager, whose side have a game in hand, is pleased that they remain in the battle for the runners-up spot behind strong title favourites Celtic.

"I am just delighted that we're going to be part of that," he said after watching his side just fall short after fighting back from a 4-0 half-time deficit.

"All credit to the boys, they showed great character to come back, but you can't give teams four goals of a start and expect to get something out of the match.

"I thought we were the better team for the first 20-25 minutes and, once they got their goal, it put them on the front foot and they were very good.

"We were struggling to hold them, but we told them to come out and win the second half and restore a bit of pride and they certainly did that.

"Even in defeat, I'm very proud of the them."

Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon gave the defensive partnership of Josh Meekings and Gary Warren a tough afternoon.

"It was very unlike the two centre-halfs, who have probably been the best players since I've come here, but these two guys have got good values and they'll learn from that," insisted Hughes.

"It was very unlike us, the way we defend and keep clean sheets, but I felt Aberdeen scored against the run of play.

"Apart from the three goals, we've had one that hit the post on to the bar and Nick Ross had a volley inside the six-yard box and Jamie Langfield's made a save.

"So we could have got something out the game."

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