Date: 30th March 2007 at 11:18am
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Jamie Smith is definitely out of the Dons visit to Kilmarnock tomorrow after breaking down in training this week with again an injury to his groin.

Now the Pittodrie medical staff are trying to find away to ease the pain on Jamie and perhaps salvage his season.

Jimmy Calderwood was delighted to have his winger back but his return has not seen him at his best and he has failed to shine in the four games he`s played since his operation in January.

Calderwood spoke of Smith`s forced absence, ‘Jamie is in a lot of discomfort, stemming from a bone, and our medical people have to discuss it. The doctors have been talking about an injection right into the bone to see how it reacts.

‘Fortunately, if you can say that about an injury, it is not the same problem which led to the operation. It is in the same area but it is an irritation on the bone rather than anything which could be operated on.

‘We don’t know how it happened. After the operation he was still feeling some pain but it has got worse and is now causing a lot of discomfort. It is a worry. If the solution is putting a cortisone jag in, it could clear up within two or three days. It becomes a bigger worry if whatever we decide to do doesn’t take. It could be that pure rest is the only other answer.’

Whilst it may look as if Jamie was rushed back into action too hastily, the manager is well placed to refute that allegation.

He said,’These things can be as a result of coming back too early but I don’t think that is the case with Jamie. Anyone who saw the work he put in with John Sharp during rehabilitation would know that. It was phenomenal.

‘Zander has had the same thing and is absolutely flying just now, so that’s reassuring.

‘We will be missing five players again on Saturday in a crucial game but those who are available keep performing.’

Calderwood will have to chop and change at Kilmarnock but he`s seen his players adapt before and knows what they`re capable of, ‘A lot of our players are very versatile and that has been vital for us this season with the injuries we have had.’