FOOTBALL: Coleraine duo Chris John and Lyndon Kane miss Euro tie

Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns
Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns
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Coleraine will travel to Norway for Thursday night’s Europa League clash against FK Haugesund without the services of both Chris Johns and Lyndon Kane.

Goalkeeper Johns is unable to travel as he sits A-Level exams, meanwhile defender Kane suffered a broken metatarsal in Saturday’s pre-season victory over Derry City.

The loss of both players is a major setback to Oran Kearney’s men as they prepare for their first European match since 2004.

“Lyndon picking up an injury is a blow as he was flying and is a major part of our team,” Kearney told the news Letter.

“We are gutted to be losing him for a number of weeks, but he will come back stronger.

“I know how much playing in Europe would have meant to him and it’s unfortunate he will miss out on that experience.”

Fans’ favourite Johns will also not be in the panel which leaves for Norway on Wednesday.

This will mean a recall for veteran shot stopper Michael Doherty, who played the first-half against Derry City.

“It would have been nice for Chris to be able to play and we are gutted for him,” Kearney said.

“However, it will present a nice opportunity for Michael who probably deserves that for his devotion to Irish League football.

“Sometimes these things happen for a reason and we could have brought in another goalkeeper on a short-term basis, but that would be unfair to Michael for the service he has given to Coleraine over two spells at the club.”

The Bannsiders prepared for Thursday’s fixture with a victory against Derry City at The Showgrounds.

Eoin Bradley’s 86th minute header was the difference between the sides, with attention now turning to Europe.