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Tuesday October 20th 2009

Italian footballer David Grassi is fighting back after he suffered a triple cheekbone fracture and is now wearing a facemask showing-off the Aberdeen team's colours.

The defender was injured during last month's Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat at Dundee and following surgery returned wearing a carbon-based face mask which is decorated in the style of the Dons' new home kit.

The 23-year-old wore the mask after a trip to his native Italy. He hopes to begin training again in two weeks' time.

Grassi told his club's official website, www.afc.co.uk: "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."

Grassi's operation included having a titanium plate fixed on to the top part of his broken cheekbone.

The Aberdeen-based surgeon also inserted a screw, via an incision through the roof of his mouth, to the bottom end of the bone to offer more support.

Grassi added: "I'm due to see the surgeon who did the operation next Friday.

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

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