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Last updated : 16 July 2009 By Stand Free Ed

INJURY-PLAGUED Dons striker Tommy Wright is set to miss Aberdeen's first pre-season friendly against 1860 Munich on Saturday.

The 24-year-old former Darlington player has not taken part in full training at the Dons' Austrian base in Obertraun for the past three days due to an injury to his troubled knee.

And new Dons boss Mark McGhee is concerned that he has been unable to assess the forward's abilities in the build-up to the new season.

He said: "It is disappointing Tommy has been unable to train as much as we wanted because a lot of the work we had planned was centred around the forwards.

"He had a whack on the back of the knee so it was a collision injury rather than pull, but we hoped he would be all right for the rest of the week.

"He is unlikely to be risked now on Saturday."

Former England youth international Wright joined Scott Severin and Jamie Smith as players that previous boss Jimmy Calderwood took considerable gambles on.

Calderwood reckoned that it was worth the risk to obtain quality players that would otherwise, lacking any injury issues, be outwith Aberdeen's budget.

In the case of Severin and Smith, this was a success, particularly as no transfer fee was paid for either, as they both contributed hugely to the Dons' revival at home and in Europe.

However, last summer Calderwood spend around £100,000 on Wright, who had just undergone serious knee surgery — the largest sum spent as a transfer fee by the club since the £250,000 spent on Steve Lovell in 2005.

As such the gamble taken on Wright was much higher, and, with the player coming from the English lower leagues, the return was very likely to be lower.

So far this has proved to be the case, with Wright starting just six games last season, and scoring only one goal.

New boss McGhee said: "He missed a lot of last season due to injury so he could do with staying fit for a good length of time.

"He has a great physique to be an effective attacker if he channels it in the right way.

"He needs to be out there training though. It is not doing him any good."

Aberdeen's pre-season fixtures 2009
Sat 18th July 4:00pm 1860 Munich Hofmaninger-Stadion,
Bad Wimsbach, Austria
Wed 22nd July 7:30pm Peterhead Balmoor Stadium,
Sat 25th July 3:00pm Dundee Dens Park,
Sun 9th August 3:00pm Hull City KC Stadium,

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