Linfield boss Warren Feeney faces selection dilemmas

Linfield manager Warren Feeney
Linfield manager Warren Feeney must watch the game with Glentoran from the stand

Linfield manager Warren Feeney faces some selection dilemmas for Saturday's Premiership game against Glentoran, which he must watch from the stand.

The Blues boss serves a one-match touchline ban after being sent-off during his side's win over Ballymena.

Sean Ward is ready to return after injury, while Chris Hegarty and Reece Glendinning are also back fit again.

Feeney must decide whether to keep faith with the starting side which comfortably saw off Dungannon 4-0.

"I have a few options to consider, which is healthy. I'm allowed to speak to the players up to an hour before the kick-off so I'll get my message across and then I've every confidence in my backroom staff to take care of things," said Feeney.

Glentoran are likely to be without centre-back pairing Jay Magee and Willie Garrett, who have calf and ankle injuries respectively.

Midfielder Jim O'Hanlon is set to miss the game with a hamstring complaint, while Fra McCaffrey (groin) and Marcus Kane (toe) are both doubtful for Eddie Patterson's side.

Meanwhile leaders Cliftonville will aim to extend their winning league streak of six games when they face north Belfast rivals Crusaders at Seaview.

The Crues are without suspended striker Timmy Adamson and injured trio Chris Morrow, Paul Leeman and Josh Robinson as they try to overcome the disappointment of their League Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Bangor in midweek.

In-form Coleraine host Dungannon Swifts at Ballycastle Road, with Darren Murphy's outfit hoping to secure their first Premiership win since August.

"We'll go there and be positive. We played well at Ballymena on Tuesday but you have to take your chances when you are on top in games," observed Murphy.

Ballymena, themselves without a league victory since 20 September, must plan without influential winger David Cushley for the next six weeks.

Cushley underwent knee surgery on Thursday, having suffered a cartilage problem for the past year.

Johnny Taylor, Stephen McBride and Gavin Taggart remain absent for the trip to Milltown to face Warrenpoint Town, while midfielder Alan Davidson will be transfer-listed in January after holding talks with manager Glenn Ferguson earlier this week.

Ballinamallard will take confidence from their League Cup penalty shoot-out win over Glentoran ahead of their game at Institute, who have conceded eight goals in their last two games.

Second-placed Portadown host fifth-placed Glenavon in the third derby encounter of the day.

Danske Bank Premiership fixtures - Saturday 15 November - 15:00 GMT kick-offs

Coleraine v Dungannon Swifts

Crusaders v Cliftonville

Institute v Ballinamallard Utd

Linfield v Glentoran

Portadown v Glenavon

Warrenpoint Town v Ballymena United

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