Dons Lurch Into Another Injury Crisis

Last updated : 30 January 2006 By Stand Free Ed
It seems the headline that captures Aberdeen's season is "Dons face injury crisis".

So far this season, Jimmy Calderwood has been unable to field the backline of Byrne (or McNaughton), Anderson, Diamond and Hart that was so successful at keeping opposition teams out last term.

Now the Dons only a recognised defender fit for next week's massive cup game at Tynecastle is captain Russell Anderson.

Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood said: "We have so many defensive players out injured just now including Andrew Considine, Zander Diamond and Michael Hart.

"Now we have Kevin McNaughton and Richie Byrne out as well and that is going to make things very difficult for us.

"Kevin is concussed and I don't know how long he will be out for, but Richie will be out for at least six weeks after his shoulder popped out of it's socket.
"At the moment it looks like anyone who is fit will get a game against Hearts, but we will be looking for players to bring in.

"There were a few things I thought might happen last week, but they fell through for one reason or another and it has been frustrating but we will keep trying."

It has also been confirmed today that new signing Neil "Seth" MacFarlane is cup-tied and will be unable to fill the central defensive berth he occupied for most of the second half on Saturday.

Regarding Saturday's result, Jimmy said: "We have lost only two out of eleven, but it hasn't got us up the league.

"Normally, you would think on a run like that you would be doing all right... but it's not the case. We only have ourselves to blame for not killing the opposition off again."