Date: 23rd March 2007 at 9:30pm
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Jimmy Calderwood is bracing himself for the fact that he maybe without top scorer Darren Mackie for the rest of the season.

Darren has returned to the squad after a thigh injury and having had a bout of tonsillitis but Jimmy Calderwood has noticed a change in the 25 year old striker as he commented, ‘Darren isn’t his normal self and it’s a big worry.

‘He is a naturally fit lad and usually one of the liveliest players at the club. But there has been no spark about him since he got tonsillitis.’

Jimmy fears now that Darren may need the same operation that Andy Considine had last term to have his tonsils removed and that cost the defender a month on the sidelines.

Jimmy is obviously not ecstatic about losing his frontman for any period during the crucial league run in and a month would see The Red Baron miss most of Aberdeen`s vital matches but nothing is yet confirmed.

Calderwood continued, ‘We don’t know at this stage if Darren is going to need surgery as well,’ he said.

‘But he is looking shattered all the time. We had to replace Darren at half-time during Tuesday’s reserve game against Hibs because he just didn’t have the energy to carry on.

‘I’m hoping he will improve over the next week or so because it would be a blow to lose Darren at this stage of the season.’

Calderwood is back to checking the sick beds for fit players after injuries to Andrew Considine`s groin and Chris Clark`s Achilles which could force them out of the visit to Kilmarnock next week and force them to sit in the stand with Michael Hart and Richard Foster who are suspended for that match.

Calderwood said: ‘It’s frustrating because it’s only two weeks since we were talking about having a full squad available for the first time.’