Causeway Chronicle

Light at end of tunnel for injured players as . . .

Coleraine return to league action on Saturday with a trip to take on high flying Cliftonville.

But the Bannsiders will go there boosted by Jamie McGonigle’s last minute winner against Glenavon last time out.

With no league game last weekend – Coleraine defeated Limavady United 2-0 in a friendly – Oran Kearney’s men will be hoping that last gasp winner a fortnight ago can provide a launchpad to kick start a successful end to the season.

But games don’t come much tougher than a visit to Solitude.

It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Coleraine in the league.

There’s been just one win in the last 11 league encounters in North Belfast.

A James McLaughlin second half double sealed a 2-0 win in December 2020 on the last occasion three points came back up the road.

However, the Bannsiders have been further boosted ahead of their date with the Reds with the news that several injured players – short and long term – are on the mend.

Jamie Glackin, Rodney Brown and Adam Mullan have all resumed training.

That comes hot on the heels of players such as Stevie O’Donnell, Josh Carson and Matthew Shevlin returning recently.

Coleraine used the break from league action – and the Limavady game – as something of a ‘mini pre season’.

“There are players still behind in match fitness,” said Oran.

“We’ve got to ramp it up and we used the break the best we can for ones that need more minutes.

“We have to try and ramp it up for everybody to make sure we get fitness levels topped up even more.”

Those levels will certainly be put to the test against Jim Magilton’s title hopefuls come 3pm on Saturday.

Rodney Brown, making good progress

Jamie Glackin: back in training following injury

Causeway Chronicle

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