DONS boss Derek McInnes today admitted he is delighted Mark Reynolds’ injury nightmare is over.
Defender Reynolds played his first match since suffering a shoulder injury in July as Aberdeen beat Falkirk 5-3 in a SPFL Development League match at Brechin’s Glebe Park.
The Scotland squad player, who had missed 16 first-team matches while recovering from the injury, strolled through the full 90 minutes at Brechin.
McInnes said: “It’s brilliant to have Mark back at last.
“He’s been an immense player for us since I arrived at the club, so it’s a real bonus to get Mark back in amongst it again.
“We’ve got to remember he’s been out for a long time.
“Mark will feel the benefits of getting the full 90 minutes.
“We had played some practice games since Mark returned to training to help get his fitness levels back up.
“But all of our players are mindful of the sort of injury Mark had, so were careful not to risk too much contact with the shoulder.
“The Falkirk players didn’t know that though, you can’t beat the real stuff.
“Mark was made to challenge and compete for the ball as normal and coped fine.
“That’s good for Mark psychologically to come through that barrier.
“It ticked another box in terms of his progression back to full fitness.”