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No injury worries for Aberdeen

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is unlikely to make any changes when his team play Groningen on Thursday in the Europa League second qualifying round.

The Dons have no fresh injury problems when they travel to the Euroborg hoping to build on last week's 0-0 draw in the first-leg at Pittodrie.

And McInnes reckons Aberdeen's form away from home last season will give his players confidence going into the game.

McInnes, who has no fresh injury worries to contend with, believes his side can progress.

"We won at every league ground last season bar one and had a lot of big results as an away team," he said.

\"I don't expect them to take us lightly and, if they do, they'll be out of the tournament

"I certainly feel we can create chances and we can certainly score - if we can score, it's huge advantage for us."

And McInnes has prepared his team for the possibility of extra-time and penalties as the teams vie to face Spanish side Real Sociedad in the next round.

"It's very finely poised," McInnes said. "Nil-nil wasn't the perfect result for us at home, but it's not a bad result either.

"It's very important not to concede at home. It's game on and both teams will feel they can win this tie.

"We have practised penalties. We have a team who are fit and strong and we feel they can play 120 minutes if need be, even at this stage of the season. We'll be ready to do whatever it takes to try to get the result."

Groningen defender Martijn van der Laan is expected to be fit after missing the first-leg but may have to settle for a place on the bench.