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ABERDEEN FC’s top scorer Lee Miller is back in full training and will face Motherwell on Saturday.

 

Aberdeen FC manager Jimmy Calderwood today described Miller’s return as a “massive boost†as they bid to win at Fir Park and secure their place in the SPL’s top six.

 

Miller had been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury during the 0-0 SPL draw away to St Mirren on March 3.

 

The injury robbed the striker of a place in the Scotland squad for their World Cup clashes with Holland and Iceland.

 

Calderwood said: “Everything has gone well with Lee so far and that’s great news for us.

 

“He was badly missed in our last four games, and Lee has been in tremendous form this season.

 

“It would be a massive boost to have him back for a game that could seal our place the top six.â€

 

Lee Mair is also back in full training after a hamstring knock.

 

Darren Mackie, who also has a hamstring injury, is set to return to training on Friday.

 

Calderwood said: “It’s great to see Lee Mair back as well, because it will give us options when it comes to covering for Mark Kerr being suspended for the Motherwell game.

 

“Lee had formed a strong partnership with Zander Diamond in the centre of the defence before he got injured.

 

“It means we could now choose to push Scott Severin forward into midfield at Fir Park.

 

“I will make a final decision on that at the end of the week.â€

 

Calderwood is jetting down to London tonight to watch Javan Vidal play for the England U20 side against Italy in a friendly at Loftus Road.

 

“We’ve managed to get three England youth internationals in over the last year or so,†he said.

 

“It’s important we keep an eye on who is doing well at that level.â€

 

Calderwood will then dash back up the road in time to see if striker Chris Maguire’s scoring exploits with the Scotland U21 squad will give him a boost ahead of the trip to Motherwell.

 

Super-sub Maguire netted a late penalty to give the young Scots a 1-0 win in Albania at the weekend in their first Euro 2011 qualifier.

 

Calderwood is planning to go to Falkirk tomorrow to see if Maguire can keep the goals coming for Scotland in the return clash with the Albanians.

 

“I’m pleased for Chris that he got such an important goal,†said Calderwood.

 

“Hopefully that will be enough to earn him a starting place tomorrow.

 

“If Chris gets among the goals again, you can be sure he will return to Pittodrie in confident mood.

 

“He did well when he came on as substitute in our 0-0 draw with Hibs as well.â€

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