Former Watford defender Tommie Hoban could soon be set to return to football in Aberdeen, where he last featured as a player.

The 25-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury while on loan with the Dons last February and was subsequently released by the Hornets.

However, Dons boss Derek McInnes extended an invitation for Hoban to work on his rehabilitation and eventually begin training with the Pittodrie club when he is able to do so.

Speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express, McInnes confirmed the defender, who is expected to be available to play again in November, would soon be travelling to Aberdeen to begin work with the club and would not rule out the potential of signing the player once he has regained fitness.

"Tommie has indicated he will take us up on our invitation to come up over the next two to three weeks to do some training with us," he said.

“Tommie is still working through his rehab.

“It is too premature that it is something that would automatically happen, but it is not something that we think definitely wouldn’t happen either.

“I enjoyed working with Tommie and he enjoyed working here.

"He got a sore injury in an Aberdeen strip and there is a duty of care we feel and a feeling from us that we would like to try and help him.”