Grassi eyes early return

Defender hoping to return to training in two weeks' time

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Aberdeen's Davide Grassi is hopeful of being able to return to training in two weeks' time after being kitted out with a protective face mask.

The 23-year-old recently suffered a triple fracture of his cheekbone during the early stages of Aberdeen's Co-operative Insurance League Cup defeat at Dundee.

The injury normally keeps players out of action for up to two months, but Grassi has had a bespoke mask made in order to facilitate an early return.

If the Italian is given the thumbs up from the surgeon then he hopes to be back in training for manager Mark McGhee in two weeks' time.

"I'm due to see the surgeon who did the operation next Friday," he told the club's official website.

"If he gives me the all-clear I will be looking to get back in to training very soon, maybe in two weeks' time."

Club logo

The mask has been coloured in Aberdeen's colours by the designer along with including the club's logo, a personal touch Grassi is particularly pleased with.

"He's made ones for many players in Serie A and is well known back home. They asked me if I would like to have it in any particular colour and I said yes I wanted it in red," he continued.

"I decided to get it done in Aberdeen's colours because they are now my team. I then asked if they could add the logo.

"I like it. I think it looks great, I hope to be here for a long time and hope the fans are as pleased as I am with how the mask looks."