St Johnstone plan talks with on-loan Cillian Sheridan

St Johnstone striker Cillian Sheridan
Sheridan has scored four times for St Johnstone this season

St Johnstone plan talks with on-loan Cillian Sheridan but are concentrating on returning the striker to fitness.

The 22-year-old's hamstring injury means he will again be missing as Aberdeen visit Perth on Tuesday.

Saints manager Steve Lomas said: "We want to get Cilly fit as soon as possible and we're making our best endeavours to do that.

"The other situation we'll have to sit down with Cilly and his agent to talk it through."

Sheridan returned for a second loan spell at McDiarmid Park in the summer, but that deal with parent club CSKA Sofia ends early in January.

And the injury he sustained in last month's win over Hibernian has raised doubts about a possible extension to that arrangement.

That is despite the former Celtic forward having scored four goals for the Scottish Premier League outfit before missing the subsequent win over Hearts and defeat by Motherwell.

Sheridan told BBC Scotland in October that his priority is to force his way into the Bulgarian club's first team.

The Republic of Ireland international joined CSKA in summer 2010 but found himself out of favour in his second season there following a change of manager.

He had also failed to become a first-team regular at Celtic Park and was farmed out by the Glasgow club to Motherwell, Plymouth Argyle and Saints in 2010.

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