Davide Grassi today demonstrated his determination to get back in the Dons squad as soon as possible. The 23 year old returned to his native Italy last month and returned to the North East with a specially designed face mask - which even Jim Carrey would be proud of.
Davide's mask is made of a carbon-based material and is extremely strong. The colourful silicone protective cover was especially designed by Davide. The red and white design is a mirror of the new Dons home kit. Davide also made sure the AFC logo and his name were emblazoned on it as well.
The 23 year old suffered a triple fracture of his cheekbone during the early stages of Aberdeen's CIS League Cup defeat at Dundee.
Despite suffering the injury, the defender attempted to play on, only for the pain to call a halt to proceedings. "I did my best to keep playing but my head was spinning and I could hardly see so I had to come off," said the Italian.
It was quickly apparent to the medical team that Davide had done severe damage to his face. He required surgery which included having a titanium plate fixed on to the top part of his broken cheek bone. The Aberdeen-based surgeon also inserted a screw, via an incision through the roof of Davide's mouth, to the bottom end of the bone to offer more support.
Players are normally advised to avoid all risk of further physical contact for up to two months but Davide is desperate to get back playing again so he immediately got in touch with Italian Enrico Campari, who is actually based in his home city of Parma.
Campari's company specialise in making protective devices to help athletes who have suffered injuries.Davide said: "Campari is famous in Italy because he has made masks for many of the top players.
"He's made ones for many players in Serie A and is well known back home. They asked me if I would like to have it in any particular colour and I said yes I wanted it in red. 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."
Despite only being here for a short period of time Davide is already a highly popular figure at the club and he is now just waiting for the all clear from the specialist to regain full training. "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."
Davide has been working hard in the gym and with the help of the mask he could be back playing very soon.
We all wish him all the best.
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