Glenn Ferguson admits he is hoping that an end is in sight to Ballymena United’s injury problems.
The Sky Blues’ injury list intensified at the weekend after they lost defender Aaron Stewart and midfielder Brian McCaul in the 2-2 weekend draw at Warrenpoint Town.
Stewart, the club’s longest-serving player, is still awaiting an operation after damaging a shoulder after falling awkwardly, while McCaul will learn this week the extent of a knee injury which forced him off at Milltown.
It takes the number of first team players unavailable to Ferguson to NINE but the manager insists: “We haven’t talked about injuries in the press or media because we don’t want to make excuses when we’ve been going through a bad run.
“It’s not easy when you’re working with a squad of 21 or 22 players and nine or 10 of them can’t play.
“I’m not sure if we will have anyone available this week - a lot of our injuries are long-term.
“We’re hoping that Johnny Taylor and Stephen McBride might be half-fit to come into the squad but we will have to take a look at that during the week.
“We had a lot of square pegs in round holes at the weekend but to be fair, the boys worked their absolute socks off.”
United will attempt to end a run of eight Danske Bank Premiership matches without a win when they host Ballinamallard United this Saturday (3pm) - a dress rehearsal for the sides’ forthcoming WASP Solutions League Cup semi-final on December 16, this time at Ferney Park.
Match ball sponsor for Saturday’s game is The Kiosk Newsagents, Ballymena Railway Station.
* Seven Towers Supporters’ Club expresses sympathy to its member John Carson on the death of his father-in-law Johnston Logan.