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Rain washes out Mannus return

ALAN MANNUS, the St Johnstone goalkeeper, will be forced to sit out of Saturday's League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.

The postponement of last night's SPFL Premiership tie against Dundee United means that Mannus still has to serve one remaining game of the two-match suspension he was given after being sent off against Hearts earlier in the month.

Last night's Tayside derby was called off in the afternoon after a pitch inspection found the surface to be too waterlogged. Hearts' Ryan Stevenson, who was also sent off during the same incident, will be clear to play in the other semi-final - against Inverness Caledonian Thistle - after the Tynecastle club rearranged their match with St Mirren for Wednesday evening.

"It is a hammer blow for me," said Mannus. "I wasn't counting any chickens but I had been looking forward to the semi-final. But the club is bigger than any one player."

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