Linfield midfield pair push for starting role

Robert Garrett
Robert Garrett is one of a number of possible midfield options for Linfield manager David Jeffrey

Linfield midfielders Aaron Burns and Robert Garrett may be considered for starting roles in Tuesday's Premiership game against Lisburn Distillery.

The pair performed well after coming on as substitutes in the 1-0 win over Glenavon at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Linfield boast six wins and five clean sheets in a row but the Whites have no league wins since 24 September.

"They'll be disappointed to have lost at home to Carrick and will be very determined," said boss David Jeffrey.

"John (Cunningham) and Glenn (Ferguson) will come here very determined and you often find after a disappointing result that there's a positive response as they'll feel they have nothing to lose," added the Blues' boss.

The champions have been boosted by the news that Peter Thompson has returned to full training and Rory Patterson is scheduled to have the cast removed from his broken wrist later this week.

Meanwhile Michael Hughes will remain in charge of Carrick Rangers for their trip to face second-placed Portadown at Seaview.

Dungannon Swifts have Terry Fitzpatrick available after suspension as they entertain Ballymena United at Stangmore Park.

Caretaker boss Joe McCall will take charge of the Sky Blues for the first time this season as Saturday's match with Glentoran was called off.

Glenavon full-back Cameron Grieve is a major doubt for the Lurgan Blues' clash with Crusaders at Mourneview Park after he limped off with a hamstring injury on Saturday.

Chris Lavery was also forced to come off at Windsor Park with a throat infection.

Kyle Neill and Mark Turkington stand by for possible starting roles after coming on as substitutes.

Coleraine Michael Doherty is an injury concern for Coleraine ahead of their match against Glentoran.

Doherty was replaced by Gavin Cullen midway through Coleraine's 2-1 win at Cliftonville.

Donegal Celtic host Cliftonville on Wednesday night.

The home team will be without suspended pair Darren Murray and Paul Bradley.

Carling Premiership - Tuesday 20 December - 1945 GMT kick-offs

Carrick Rangers v Portadown

Coleraine v Glentoran

Dungannon Swifts v Ballymena United

Glenavon v Crusaders

Linfield v Lisburn Distillery

Wednesday 21 December - 1945

Donegal Celtic v Cliftonville