Ronnie McFall insists Portadown will soldier on despite being hit with an early-season injury crisis.
Ross Redman has been ruled out for 6-9 months with cruciate ligament damage while Keith O’Hara is set to be sidelined for 10-12 weeks after sustaining a recurrence of a metatarsal injury.
Chris Casement (ankle), Sean Mackle, Darren Murray (both hamstring) and Tim Mouncey (appendicitis) are also out for the Ports.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Ards at Shamrock park, McFall said: “We just have to work away with what we have.
“It is disappointing when you lose so many quality players, but that’s football.”
McFall has signed former Coleraine and Linfield defender Johnny Black on a short-term deal while Matthew Rooney has been signed from Bangor.
“I have confidence in the squad I have, McFall added.
“We have plenty of quality there, but we are light in numbers at the minute. If we can avoid any more injuries then I believe we can still climb the table.
“The players are hurting from last season and they want to make amends. There is a hunger there, and the lads are a lot fitter this season.
“So we will battle on.”