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Aberdeen goalkeeper David Preece is out for at least six weeks, leaving manager Jimmy Calderwood to mull over signing a replacement.

The Dons' number one has suffered a broken and dislocated finger and is unlikely to return to action until February.

That leaves Calderwood with just Ryan Esson and rookie keeper Jamie Blanchard as the alternatives to Preece at Pittodrie.

Calderwood lamented the injury to Preece and is musing over whether the prudent step will be to bring in temporary cover for Esson.

"Preece's finger was also broken when it was dislocated and he will be out for at least six weeks so we need to see what we will do," said Calderwood.

"Esson will definitely be first choice because he has earned that right with several outstanding performances.

"But we are still left with just a young back-up and it depends on how we want to deal with the various options.

"We could take a keeper for six months although Preece will hopefully be fit in six weeks' time.

"We could also get one on loan for two months or we could take a gamble by not signing anyone at all and hope Esson doesn't get injured during that spell."