Date: 16th April 2007 at 12:42am
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Aberdeen`s injury problems just grow and grow just now. The mystery bugs that have hung around Pittodrie all season have struck again and Jimmy Calderwood must be questioning if this is the work of a saboteur who is making his dreams of European qualification an absolute nightmare.

The new bad news for the Dons is that club captain and the one player the Dons cannot afford to lose has been banned from Pittodrie after exiting the Dundee United defeat at half time and sent into quarantine at home lest he spreads his tonsillitis bug.

It`s too late for some though and Craig Brewster has been dealt the same fate as Anderson with young David Donald being prescribed the same remedy.

Hibs and Dunfermline drawing in today`s Scottish Cup semi-final is the only comfort Calderwood can take from this weekend as they`ll have to do it again on Wednesday which means that the Hibs boys may not be as fresh as they should be come Saturday when they travel to the Granite City.

Jimmy Calderwood has taken preventative measures to stop the bug spreading and further depleting his side for that match and ultimately the league run in but it`s obviously been too late for some.

Jimmy commented on the dire situation,”Brewster is now ill and Davie Donald is showing similar symptoms, so it is a worry,’.

‘The doctor has advised us to keep anyone showing symptoms away from the club to stop it spreading, so that is what we have done.

‘When you add the ill ones in with those who are out injured it has meant only 12 of the 22 first team squad have been fit to train this week.

‘Hopefully that will change over the next few days because we are going to need all of our big players for the run-in.’

‘Russell phoned throughout the week to keep us informed about his progress.

‘The illness took a lot out of Darren Mackie when he had it, so there is obviously a worry it could affect Russell in the same way.

‘But knowing Russell I’m sure he is more likely to declare himself ready to give it a go because he knows how important the match is.

‘It’s more of a worry to see Brewster laid low as well over the last couple of days. He looked terrible and was struggling badly.

‘The only bonus is we didn’t have a game this weekend so we can give Craig a bit of time off to rest and recover. We will see how he is on Monday.’

Monday will be a big day on the injury assessment front as Calderwood will find out how Jamie Smith and Barry Nicholson are progressing after recently stepping up their training but also as to the extent of Richie Byrne`s new grievance.

Calderwood said: ‘We are still waiting for the result of the scan done on Richie’s injury.

‘We are hoping the fact he felt it early and came off the pitch immediately will have reduced any damage caused. Jamie and Barry are making great progress, though, and I’m hoping they will be back next week.’

Calderwood is going to need all the big boys back but he must be careful not to rush them and for the sake of winning one match, have those returning lads sidelined for more of the vital run in.

Log back on to Vital Aberdeen for more updates on the Dons injury front as it happens.