Annadale’s Irish International, Michael Robson, is likely to miss out on Dale’s crunch GOC Estate Agents premiership game against Cookstown on Saturday.
Robson picked up an injury whilst training with the Ulster Under 21’s but he will be hoping that the injury clears up quickly. He is also a reserve for the Irish team which flew out to America for the World League 2 on Friday.
And Robson will not want to have any injury problems just in case he is called into the Irish squad for such an important tournament.
He was influential in Annadale’s 3-2 defeat of Instonians last week and the Belfast side will miss him against Cookstown but they welcome back Connor Allison and Paul Jackson.
Cookstown have a several injury worries, Greg Allen who marked his return to premiership action last week with five goals looks likely to miss the game. He will be joined on the injury bench by Raymond Miller, Matthew Rollins and Keith Black, but Andy Barbour is included in the squad.
Leaders Banbridge, without their four Irish internationals, are off to Kilkeel for a possible banana-skin game.
Bann are also missing Philip Brown at the back and it will be a massive opportunity for the players on the fringe of the squad to impress coach Mark Tumilty.
Kilkeel need to keep chalking up points if they are going have any hope of reaching the IHL wildcard place, but they will be without Gareth Russell who has picked up a hip injury.
Lisnagarvey are hoping that they will secure three points against visitors Civil Service, who are loitering at the bottom of the table. Garvey are missing their influential captain, Jonny Bell, who is on international duty and Service are without their player coach, Gareth Grundie.
Senior Two leaders, South Antrim, are missing schoolboy Patric Cochrane who is off on a school trip, for their game against struggling Campbellians.
Second place Portadown entertain Portrush, whilst Bangor will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Antrim.
It’s a close call in the North Down game against Queens but Raphoe should easily see off bottom of the table PSNI.
And good luck to Armagh who entertain Dublin side Portrane in the semi-final of the Irish Challenge. Armagh have already beaten St James Gate and Naas.