Date: 10th October 2006 at 12:01pm
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Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson looks set to miss out on the trip to Kilmarnock on Saturday (Oct 14) after being forced to miss Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifiers.

The 27-year-old missed the 1-0 win over France at Hampden Park and withdrew from the Scotland squad prior to the journey to Ukraine.

Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood told the Aberdeen Press and Journal: ‘Pip Yates, the Scotland physio, phoned me on Friday to say it hadn’t really improved over the course of last week. They had another look on Saturday morning but decided it wouldn’t be worthwhile to take Russell to Ukraine. Contrary to what I thought, he’s a doubt for our game at Kilmarnock.

‘He’s getting spasms in his hip, which he has had before but never to this extent. Usually it goes away after two or three days but not this time. It’s not going to be weeks and weeks but we have to firstly get rid of it and then find out why it comes back.’

Calderwood added that Anderson was disappointed to miss out on the famous 1-0 win, but that he was a ‘level-headed boy’.

Meanwhile, forward Steve Lovell is expected to return to action four weeks from Saturday, while Richie Byrne could be out for another week after suffering a setback during his return from a hamstring injury.

Aberdeen and Kille both have 12 points, with the Dons in fifth-place, one above this weekend’s opponents, thanks to a superior goal-difference. Killie will be hoping to bounce-back from a 5-0 gubbing by basement club Motherwell at Fir Park on their last outing.

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