Anderson: Dons confused by injury woes
Russell Anderson claims everyone at Aberdeen is puzzled by the injury problems which have beset their season.
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Craig Brown's squad has been weakened for large parts of the campaign, considerably on occasions, with the most recent casualty being defender Andrew Considine who broke his leg in the 3-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win at Dundee at the weekend.
The Pittodrie men went into the winter break in fifth place following their 2-2 home draw with Dundee United.
However, skipper Anderson, in his second spell with the Granite City club, believes their SPL position might have been healthier if injuries had not caught up with them.
The 34-year-old told RedTV: "The one thing that has been the same as last season has been the injuries.
"No one can really understand why. The start to the season was good in a way as we were playing well although we were not getting the points we deserved.
"That gave everyone a little bit of confidence, I know the supporters were encouraged by the way we were playing and there was a really good feeling about the club.
"More recently the results have not gone as well as we would have liked, and a lot can be put down to the injury situation, which has been terrible.
"Some people will say that that it is just an excuse but it is a fact we have had on average five or six players that would be in the first team out with injury.
"That has affected the results recently.
"All we can do now is concentrate on getting everyone 100% fit over the next couple of weeks.
"We also need to remember there are something like another 16 league games after the break which gives us plenty of time to have a good stab at finishing the season strongly."
Anderson is in favour of the break which sees the Dons off duty until January 19 when they take on Inverness but the former Sunderland and Derby player is unsure as to the length and timing of it.
He said: "In theory, the winter break is a good thing.
"Whether they manage to time it right with the weather, we will find out soon enough.
"The weather can be bad from December all the way through to March so I am not sure if they have really addressed the problem.
"They have not done what they do in places like Scandinavia where they take a couple of months off but they obviously feel we need to have something.
"Everyone in the game will welcome some time off and it will certainly help us, I think, because by the time we resume we will have players back fit".