Date: 23rd January 2007 at 5:36pm
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AFC has just received confirmation that the new date for the Motherwell v Aberdeen game is Tuesday 13th March with 7.45pm KO.

The original match, due to be played on Saturday, was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

This ironically could work in the Dons favour as they should have some players back from injury and illness. After Motherwell denied Aberdeen an extra day to prepare, it could now be their undoing that the match is to be played so far away instead of last Sunday, as Aberdeen asked, as the Pittodrie treatment table is starting to show signs of clearing.

Richie Byrne might be in a position to return to training with the first team later this week. Both Zander Diamond and Jamie Smith are having a groin operation on Wednesday and while Craig Brewster’s arm is still in a sling everyone is hopeful he won’t be out for too long.

Karim Touzani has the flu and Craig Brewster is working away. We will have to decide when Craig returns as, if we left it up to him, he would say he was fine two weeks from now.

“As clever as he is, he is dying to get back and we have to take the advice of the doctors.

“Jamie was fit again in just five weeks when he had the operation on his groin the last time and, hopefully, Zander will also heal quickly. I would also hope Craig will be fit again by that time.”

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Jimmy Calderwood now hopes that the unexpected extended break will help his team capture their winning spirit again as they benefit from a rest.

Jimmy said ‘The break gave the players a chance to recover from Thursday night and what has been a very busy start to the year. I gave them all the weekend off and they reported back to training on Monday morning.’