Eddie Patterson believes Glentoran’s mounting injury list will offer the chance for other players to step up to the plate.
The Glens are without Aaron Boyd (hamstring) and Jason Hill (shin) for Saturday’s clash with Dungannon Swifts at the Oval.
Calum Birney is also suspended following a straight red card against Portadown last week.
Influential midfielder David Howland is also facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed he will require surgery on a knee injury.
“We don’t have the squad to cope with too many injuries, but these things happen in football,” Patterson said.
“We can’t dwell on them, we have to move on and use the players available to us. Other players will have the chance to step up to the plate.”
Meanwhile, Dungannon boss Darren Murphy insists his side’s impressive start to the season has come as no surprise.
The Swifts sit fifth in the table after winning four of their nine games.
“I haven’t been surprised. The ability and quality was always there,” Murphy said.
“I think the difference is we have started well and that breeds confidence.
“The players have belief and that translates to their performances.
“We also managed to keep the spine of our squad during the summer, and added three or four new faces.
“That stability has been a major factor and there is no fear.”