Seve Out For A Month

Scott Severin will miss the game against his old club Hearts on Saturday because of an injury to his foot sustained in last week's disappointing defeat to Motherwell in the CIS Cup. The Scotland international will face a further 3-5 weeks out after X-rays on Thursday confirmed that he had boken a bone on his foot.

Jimmy Calderwood told the Daily Record: "Scott Severin got injured in a tackle early on at Motherwell and tried to battle through it, which says a lot for the boy.

"Maybe it would have been better if he had come off immediately as he will be out for between four and six weeks.

"It's a massive blow because he has been one of our more important players in the past. But he is a very honest lad and will admit he has not been performing lately.

The Dons boss is also concerned that Steve Lovell could also be set for a spell on the sidelines after the striker had a scan on his knee last week. The striker has missed the previous three matches with the problem, and results of the scan should be revealed today.

"Obviously, I am hoping the scan doesn't show any lasting problem with Lovell either," said Calderwood. "Hopefully, though, [Kevin] McNaughton and [Michael] Hart will be back for the Hearts game."

McNaughton was the target of some speculation at the weekend, as his agent John Viola sent a story around the Scottish press, but Aberdeen-Mad does not want to give a mouthpiece for someone who we believe to be an obnoxious cancer on the game.