Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter will run late fitness checks over Josh Robinson and Timmy Adamson ahead of Tuesday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Portadown.
The Crues head into the crunch fixture knowing maximum points are necessary to remain on the coat tails of Cliftonville.
Versatile midfielder Robinson fractured his nose during Saturday’s win against Ballinamallard United, while striker Adamson picked up an ankle injury.
Baxter is refusing to press any panic alarms after falling nine points behind the Reds.
Their North Belfast rivals also boast a game in hand, but Baxter believes there will be more “twists and turns” before the end of the season.
“I really don’t get too anxious about league tables and all the various permutations at this stage of the season - you win nothing at this time of the year,” Baxter said.
“There is a long way to go in this league and there are a lot of points to fight for.
“We intend to keep our heads down and keep working hard.
“We showed our character following the loss at Solitude to bounce back in win at Ballinamallard.
“We now have a difficult few games in front of us – at home to Portadown and away to Glenavon.
“The Ports are always tough opponents - a big strong side, while Glenavon are emerging under Gary Hamilton.
They are all difficult – there are no easy games in the league.”