Peter Thompson in line to start for Linfield against Glentoran

Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson celebrates after equalising for Linfield against Distillery on Tuesday

Mark McAllister's suspension increases the chances of Peter Thompson starting in Linfield's Belfast Boxing Day derby against old rivals Glentoran.

Thompson came off the bench to score in Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Lisburn Distillery as he made his first-team return following kidney surgery.

Gary Browne remains out for the Blues while Rory Patterson is unlikely to start after just resuming training.

Jamie Mulgrew (foot) and keeper Alan Blayney (knee) are also fitness doubts.

Nathan Hanley remains out for the Blues who will be restricted to 2,800 fans at the Oval because of health and safety regulations.

Linfield boss David Jeffrey has hit out at the restrictions but the boss has prepared diligently for Monday's game and had his players training at 0930 GMT on Saturday morning.

Jeffrey has also revealed that Kris Lindsay is among a group of players who could make loan moves in January although they will remain as part of his plans.

Ballymena United and Glenavon have made enquiries about Lindsay while Marcus Kane and Brian McCaul have also expressed interest in making a temporary move away from Windsor Park to get more first-team football.

Crusaders appear to have major problems in attack ahead of their north Belfast derby against Cliftonville at Seaview.

Timmy Adamson (leg fracture) and Michael Halliday (ankle) both missed Tuesday's defeat by Glenavon while David Rainey and Chris Morrow are suspended for Monday's game.

Rory Donnelly is not expected to feature for Cliftonville as the saga over his move to the English Premier League continues.

Coleraine go into their derby against Ballymena United boosted by Johnny Watt's decision to agree a two-year contract extension with the club.

Watt's current deal was scheduled to conclude at the end of this season but he has now agreed to stay with the club until the summer of 2014.

Ballymena, meanwhile, have released Liam Watson.

Watson is part of the Loughgiel Shamrocks squad who are preparing for the All-Ireland Club Hurling semi-final in February and his one-year contract has been terminated by mutual consent.

Glenavon's Conor Hagan misses the Mid-Ulster derby against Portadown because of suspension.

New Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton will be hoping to earn a Boxing Day victory against one of his old clubs.

The clubs will also meet in the Irish Cup next month.

Monday, 26 December 2011 fixtures (15:00 GMT unless stated)

Crusaders v Cliftonville (1400)

Coleraine v Ballymena

Donegal Celtic v Lisburn Distillery

Glenavon v Portadown

Glentoran v Linfield

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