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Aberdeen interim boss Peter Leven has rushed to hospital for an emergency operation and will miss the Premiership match against St Johnstone.

  • Peter Leven was taken to hospital for an operation and is under surveillance
  • The replacement coach’s coaching staff will take over on Saturday afternoon.
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Aberdeen caretaker manager Peter Leven will miss his side’s Premiership match against St Johnstone today after being rushed to hospital.

Leven, who took over until new boss Jimmy Thelin took charge, underwent emergency surgery on Friday evening and remains under medical supervision.

Coaches Scott Anderson, Craig Samson and Stuart Duff will replace Leven on the touchline at Pittodrie alongside player-manager Jonny Hayes.

The club confirmed in a statement that Leven’s procedure was successful and the 40-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

“Interim head coach Peter Leven was admitted to hospital last night where he underwent an emergency procedure,” Aberdeen said.

Aberdeen interim boss Peter Leven has rushed to hospital for an emergency operation and will miss the Premiership match against St Johnstone.

Aberdeen interim boss Peter Leven has been rushed to hospital for an emergency operation.

Leven's procedure was successful but he will not take charge of his team's match this weekend

Leven’s procedure was successful but he will not take charge of his team’s match this weekend

“The operation was a success and we hope Peter makes a full and speedy recovery.

“Scott Anderson, alongside Craig Samson, Jonny Hayes and Stuart Duff, will lead the team for this afternoon’s match against St Johnstone.

“Peter, who has been preparing for training all week, will be in contact with his staff throughout the afternoon.

“Everyone at the AFC sends their best wishes to Peter and we look forward to seeing him back on the training ground next week.”

Leven had attended his scheduled press conference Friday morning.

Leven is in charge until the end of the season before Jimmy Thelin takes over permanently.

Leven is in charge until the end of the season before Jimmy Thelin takes over permanently.

Thelin has been named the club's long-term successor to Neil Warnock following his shock exit

Thelin has been named the club’s long-term successor to Neil Warnock following his shock exit

He had two spells as Aberdeen’s interim head coach, having been brought in following the sacking of Barry Robson and the surprise departure of Neil Warnock.

New permanent boss Thelin will officially take up his new role in June and will be joined by his assistants Christer Persson and Emir Bajrami in Scotland.

Thelin said: “I am very honored to be the new manager of Aberdeen and to come to this great club and this great city.

“I wanted to make sure I took the right step in my career, especially since it will be my first time directing outside of Sweden.

“At Elfsborg we work hard together to compete at the highest level and our intention is to achieve the same at Aberdeen.

“I can promise the fans that we will strive to build and develop a team that will capture the hearts of the fans and achieve success on the field.”

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