MacKenzie on the road to recovery after birthday surgery

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GARY MacKenzie is said to be recovering well after undergoing hip surgery on Monday – his 27th birthday.

The Dons defender has been ruled out for three months, with a hip arthroscopy required to resolve the problem that has prevented him from playing since the middle of September.

The operation, performed by professor Ernest Schilders, was deemed a great success by Dons’ medical team, and the Scotsman will now work on a three-month rehabilitation programme.

Head of sports medicine Simon Crampton said: “We’re very pleased with the outcome of the surgery. It was as good as we could have hoped for.

“Gary is now on crutches but he has already responded really well by starting his rehab on Tuesday and he is progressing well. Yesterday he spent some time on the spin bike which is positive news.

“It’s still very early stages and Gary has a lot of hard work ahead of him but we are hoping that it will be a 12 week period of rehab and after that, all being well, he should be able to return to training.”