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Bojan Miovski handed positive Aberdeen injury news as Barry Robson keeps his fingers crossed after X rated tackle

Daily Record logo Daily Record 27.05.2023 08:32:13 David McCarthy
Aberdeen's Bojan Miovski is stretchered off after a tackle by St Mirren's Thierry Small

Aberdeen boss Barry Robson is keeping his fingers crossed that star striker Bojan Miovski will be fit for pre-season.

The North Macedonian's 18 goals in his first season helped the Dons clinch third place, but he damaged ankle ligaments against St Mirren on Wednesday. Robson hopes a specialist will provide good news on Monday. He said: "We got a scan and while there are a lot of wee issues, we hope it's not as bad as first feared. We'll find out more when he sees a specialist. Fingers crossed we'll get him back sooner rather than later."

Meanwhile, Ryan Duncan has packed as much into his breakthrough season as some players manage in an entire career - and the Aberdeen kid isn't finished yet. When the final whistle blows at Parkhead today to bring to an end the Dons' rollercoaster season that has seen them finish the best of the rest, the 19-year-old midfielder will start to pack his bags for Spain with Scotland Under-21s.

And while a double header there against Norway next month means he won't have as much of a break as his Pittodrie pals, the youth academy product believes it will have him perfectly tuned up for a crack at Europe next term. When you consider Dons' horror run of form after the World Cup break, which culminated in Scottish Cup humiliation at Darvel and the sacking of Jim Goodwin, it's little wonder the teenager shakes his head at it all.

He said: "It has been some experience that's for sure. It was a tough time and I was part of the Darvel game but I think that really brought us together and closer as a team.

"We are a tight team and those tough times really helped us make it good and go on that run."

Duncan grew up watching Aberdeen in Europe and can't wait to get the chance to play on that stage for them.

He said: "I am really looking forward to it. I used to go to Pittodrie to watch Aberdeen in Europe. The Real Sociedad and HNK Rijeka games stick out.

"The atmosphere for those games, there is a real buzz about the place. I know what it means to the fans to be back in Europe. I know what kind of atmosphere it brings to Pittodrie as well on a summer's night.

"I am really looking forward to it and if we can get into the group stages of the Europa League it would be fantastic for the club and fantastic to play in as well.

"Coming from the youth academy, you want to play for Aberdeen. The chances I have had, I really enjoyed them

and also the run of games that I have had."

His reward is the Under-21 call-up and that's another challenge to relish. He said: "I have a couple of weeks off then I'm away to Spain with the Under-21s. I'll get a little bit of time after the Celtic game and then a bit more after the Scotland camp.

"We are back a week after I come back, so going away with Scotland will keep me fit and hopefully I can come back flying in pre-season."

Before that, Dons boss Robson is determined his side can gatecrash Celtic's title party. He said: "If you don't prepare properly we can come unstuck down there. It's a really difficult game for us and the message has been clear to the players - we need to be at it. We need to go down there and perform and make sure we finish the season strongly.

"The most important thing is a good performance and if we get that, the result can come from that. They've been fantastic up until now but the season is not done. That is clear. This is a big game that we have to think of winning."

samedi 27 mai 2023 11:32:13 Categories: Daily Record

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