Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson admits the Coleraine Showgrounds is a notoriously difficult venue to visit -- but it’s even more daunting with a skeleton squad.
Patterson will be down to the ‘bare bones’ for Saturday’s crucial Danske Bank Premiership clash at Ballycastle Road, with a posse of players in the sick bay.
“I may be forced to include a number of young lads that have never been near the first team before,” said Patterson.
“But that’s the problems you face with working with a small panel of players.”
Defender Calum Birney is suspended, while Jay Magee, Aaron Boyd, Mark Miskimmin are all being treated for injury.
To make matters worse, Jimmy Callacher didn’t train this week due to illness.
“It’s never an easy place to go,” adds Patterson, who has never tasted victory at the North West venue since taking over the Oval hot-seat.
“We’ve hit a little bit of form with two league wins against Dungannon and Warrenpoint and a good display against Linfield in the League Cup, so it’s important to keep the momentum going. But injuries and suspensions are part and parcel of the game.
“Jay will not make it . . . he sustained a hamstring injury against Dungannon. Boyd aggravated his hamstring problem last week, while Miskimmin didn’t train this week, neither did Callacher.”