Craig Bryson has said that he and Derek McInnes ‘agreed’ to risk his fitness during the summer ahead of Aberdeen’s European matches.
The midfielder is finally getting consistent minutes at Pittodrie after a stop-start beginning to life in red. It followed on from a spell at Derby County.
He’s now confirmed that he arrived at Aberdeen injured and that his recovery was ‘rushed’ in order to try and get him fit for Europa League qualifiers.
Bryson told SBW: “The injury stemmed from my last game at Derby and I was out for a few months with that. When I came to Aberdeen I wasn’t fully fit.
“But because we were in Europe at the time they rushed my rehab a bit. I got put onto the pitch in Georgia (against Chikhura Sachkhere ) and because it wasn’t quite right I broke down.
“I’ve had a few problems since that but I was really keen to get my Aberdeen career going and to play in Europe for the first time. Me and the manager agreed we would take the risk and unfortunately it backfired a bit.”
Bryson seems to be getting the better of early Aberdeen injury woes
Since aggravating an injury against Chikhura Sachkhere, Bryson has played six Premiership games for the Dons.
He is yet to complete 90 minutes as Aberdeen look to stage his recover and ensure another injury to the midfielder is prevented.
When he has been on the park, Bryson has looked calm and composed, providing experience to younger players like Lewis Ferguson and Greg Leigh in the Dons engine room.
After another international break, Bryson will hope to fully kick on heading into the Christmas period.