Date: 22nd March 2007 at 7:28pm
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Aberdeen left back Richie Byrne has spoken out about his hopes for the remainder of the season.

Byrne has missed pretty much all of this season due to a reoccurring injury but he remains optimistic and the Irishman should get his top team return against Kilmarnock next Saturday due to Ricky Foster`s suspension and he said: ‘Hopefully, I’m back for good now”.

“It was just great to get back and play for more than a few minutes without breaking down. I feel good and maybe that is the end of this injury problem now.

‘Being out for so long, you get a real appreciation for football because you miss it so much.

‘The positive during my absence was that the team had been doing really well and is still pushing for Europe.

I’d love to get into the team to help with that push but I’ll have to take one step at a time.

‘Obviously the Kilmarnock game is the target but I will have to wait and see if there is any reaction.’

Boss Jimmy Calderwood is pleased to be having the man he brought in from Dunfermline available for selection after such a long layoff.

He said: ‘I really expected Richie to be back before now but he’s had a slight niggle and we didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks.

‘He can be a really important player for us over the next seven games.’

Let`s hope he returns better than ever. Because he wasn`t that great before although Calderwood clearly rates him highly.