Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson to assess Johnny Taylor injury ahead of semi-final

Johnny Taylor
Johnny Taylor

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson will check on the fitness of defender Johnny Taylor at training on Thursday night.

Taylor is a doubt for Saturday’s Irish Cup semi-final clash with Portadown after picking up a serious foot injury last month.

The injury came in Ballymena’s dramatic 3-2 win over Harland and Wolff Welders in the quarter-finals of the competition on February 28.

“It was a very bad injury, and it looked quite severe at the time,” Ferguson said.

“There was a lot of swelling and we thought the ankle was broken.

“But thankfully the swelling has come down quite dramatically and Johnny is recovering well.

“He has had a couple of training sessions and we will assess him again on Thursday night.

“Johnny is tough lad and he is determined to make Saturday’s game, but we will have to wait and see.”

One player definitely out of Saturday’s semi-final is defender Davy Munster.

Munster picked up a thigh injury in training last week.

Ballymena can welcome back Gary Thompson and David Cushley from suspension, and Gary McCutcheon is available again.

Meanwhile, Portadown will be without Robert Garrett and Chris Casement for Saturday’s cup test at The Oval.

Both men were sent off during last week’s Premiership draw with Dungannon Swifts.

“It is a blow losing two influential players, but we have players who can come in and do a job for us,” boss Ronnie McFall said.

“We are appealing Chris’s red card. He misses Saturday’s game but we want him to avoid a six-game ban over an alleged head butt.”