Date: 28th February 2007 at 9:31am
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Craig Brewster returned to training yesterday and will probably make the squad that travels to Falkirk on Saturday. He is joined by Zander Diamond and Jamie Smith who could all feature as the Dons head into the last five fixtures before the league split.

Brewster dislocted his shoulder, ironically against a team he used to manage, Inverness Caley, in a 1-1 seven weeks ago but had no fears that he would return to match fitness again.

For a man who has played for so long and taken many knocks, many no doubt due to his bravery, he knows how durable his 40 year old frame is. But Brewster knows that he must be careful if he wants to prolong his career.

He said ‘I knew something was wrong but I never thought my career was over. At my age, there is always the fear an injury could end things but you always hope it doesn’t keep you out for too long.

‘Fortunately, I have got back to fitness quite quickly and the only thing left for me to do is be involved with challenges and tackles.

‘I still feel I have something to offer and I am just desperate to get back playing again. I am coming back at an exciting time and there are a lot of big games to try to take part in, starting with Falkirk on Saturday.’

He then added ‘I have had a few injuries in my time but when I dislocated my shoulder, I had never felt pain like it.

‘There was no relief, no matter what way I held my arm, and it wasn’t until they gave me some gas at the hospital and popped it back in that it got better. I had my arm in a sling for two weeks before I got back outside running again. It is not for me to say whether I am ready to start a game yet because I have only had one training session since I recovered from my injury.

‘We will see how things go over the rest of the week and whether the manager includes me in the squad or not is up to him.’

Jimmy Nicholl has known Craig a long time and knows how valuable he is to the team. He`d love for Craig to stay longer than his current deal and thinks he`s proved all he has to by his contributions on the pitch. His cup goal equaliser and build up play have been excellent and left the Pittodrie crowd in no doubt that Brewster is still a class act with much to offer. His manager has been counting the dayd until his return and he will play his part in the crucial league run in.



Nicholl said: ‘I don’t think you lose your fitness between May and the following Christmas, even if you get a few months older.

‘I had a situation like this at Raith Rovers with Dave Narey, who just packed the game in at 40 one season when I wanted him to wait until the next Christmas. I said if he was responsible for us losing a lot of goals it would be fair enough for him to stop, but to give things a chance first, but he wouldn’t do it.

‘I think Brewster will be different. I feel he has already done enough here to earn a contract for next season and I don’t think people should be taking his age into account too much.’