Caddell ankle injury a blow to Crusaders’ hopes of Euro berth

Crusaders Declan Caddell
Crusaders Declan Caddell

Crusaders midfielder Declan Caddell’s season appears to be over.

The tough tackling 25 year old sustained a serious ankle injury in Tuesday night’s Premiership win over Glentoran at Seaview.

A delightful double strike from little striker Paul Heatley shot the Crues into third place in the league table and closer to a European place. But the night was tarnished by the injury to Caddell.

“Unfortunately, it looks like Declan will be out for anything up to six weeks,” said Crues boss Stephen Baxter.

“He twisted his ankle and it us up like a bap. That’s not good and he’ll not recover from that quickly.

“It’s disappointing. We’ve just started to get a few boys back after injury and now this happens.

“We’ve had a bad run in terms of injury since Christmas, having to play a monumental amount of football games.”

Crusaders face fourth placed Portadown at their North Belfast base on Saturday, knowing victory would edge them nearer to European football next season.

“It’s a big game for both clubs,” added Baxter. “The way the table has panned out, you would assume that the battle for third place is now between ourselves and Portadown.”