ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes, who watched his team overcome Dundee 1-0 at Pittodrie yesterday, has welcomed the imminent return of goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Understudy Freddie Woodman, on loan from Newcastle, continued to impress and made a crucial save in the win over the Dens Parkers.

But his fellow-Englishman Lewis is poised to come back following surgery on a leg injury.

McInnes said: “That’s brilliant news for us. Having Joe back on the training pitch has been a real bonus and slightly ahead of schedule.”

Lewis, 30, has been first choice at the Dons since arriving from Cardiff City in the summer of 2016.

ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL…Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis.

McInnes could have a huge choice to make between the shotstoppers when they play their next Premiership game against St Johnstone on March 31.

Woodman has made eight successive appearances and was the Scottish Cup hero when he saved three penalty-kicks in the shoot-out win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park last week.

The Pittodrie gaffer added: “Freddie’s done very well for us.

“He is very good at keeping himself big, getting that timing right and he made a very important save for us against Dundee.

“If that goes in, it makes our task that much more difficult, we then go up and score and, after that, we were very confident and assured.”

The victory moved the Dons to within two points of second-placed Rangers with a game in hand.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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