Ronald Hernandez leaves Aberdeen in Atlanta United transfer

Aberdeen have announced defender Ronald Hernandez has joined Atlanta United on-loan.

The Venezuelan’s move to Pittodrie has been hampered by Covid-19 and he was given compassionate leave to return home in December.

Hernandez had not seen his wife or daughter in almost a year and has lived alone in the Granite City since arriving in January 2020.

Record Sport revealed in December a switch to the Dons’ MLS partner club was in the works and now the 23-year-old has now struck a deal until the end of the season.

He made only four appearances in the Premiership but boss Derek McInnes stressed the player had made “several personal sacrifices” to remain in Scotland.

The manager said: “Sadly, the events of 2020 and the impact of the global pandemic have undoubtedly had an impact on Ronald’s time at Pittodrie.

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“When he arrived, he had just completed pre-season in Norway, and we were mid-way through the 2019/20 season, but we worked hard with him to try to develop his fitness and adapt to the Scottish game.

“However, the curtailment of the season meant his ability to make any impact on the team was limited.

“From a personal point of view, Ronald has been a great player to work with, but we must acknowledge he made several personal sacrifices while in Scotland, not least having to spend lockdown in Aberdeen on his own.

“Because of visa restrictions due to the pandemic, he had not seen his wife or young daughter in almost a year until he was given compassionate leave in December, and the lasting impact of that should not be underestimated.”

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