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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, "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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