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McGhee in sweat over new sickener.

Byline: EWAN SMITH

MARK MCGHEE is praying Sone Aluko recovers from a mystery stomach injury in time to inflict more pain on SPL defences.

Aluko ran St Johnstone ragged with a superb solo display in his first start in two months - after a fall-out with Aberdeen boss McGhee over international duty.

But the winger was hauled off at the break after complaining of pain in his stomach to put his comeback on hold.

McGhee said: "You can see what an on-form Sone can do for the team. Along with guys like Peter Pawlett and Michael Paton he brings a drive and energy.

"We lost a lot of that when I had to take Sone and Peter off and I hope Sone's injury isn't too serious.

"He suddenly got a pain in his stomach that was stopping him running and judging by his reaction it was serious. It wasn't a trivial reaction and we'll have to see how he is.

"I hope he's OK because he's just come back in. We felt he had lost sharpness since coming back from the international set-up but he has worked hard and his goal will be great for his confidence. It's important we get him o u t t h e r e as soon as possible to keep it going.

McGhee: Sone worry "This was a good win and it finally gives the fans something to shout about. McInnes: Spot-kick misery "We're knocking on the door of the top six and have to continue making progress but our performance and result here can help us."

Meanwhile, Saints gaffer Derek McInnes couldn't hide his disappointment at the penalty award he felt cost his side a point.

Lee Miller netted from the spot after ref Euan Norris adjudged he had been felled by Danny Grainger.

But McInnes said: "It wasn't a penalty. If anything it was our free-kick because Danny had been fouled in the build-up to the move.

"I've watched the video and don't understand how the linesman didn't see the initial foul by Lee on Danny.

"It has cost us and there's nothing we can do. The best team team lost today.

"I can't quite believe we're going away with nothing. Aberdeen had good play early on but we came back and deserved something but lost because of a decision."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 8, 2009
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