Linfield and Portadown wait for news of injured strikers

Matthew Tipton
Matthew Tipton is an injury worry for Portadown

Linfield and Portadown await news of their injured strikers ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table Premiership clash at Shamrock Park.

Ports forward Matthew Tipton has been receiving treatment on a calf injury, while Blues frontman Mark McAllister is struggling to overcome a bout of flu.

Damian Curran is back in the Linfield squad after injury and suspension, and William Murphy returns after a ban.

The Ports currently trail the league leaders by four points.

Home manager Ronnie McFall must also plan without Keith O'Hara, Wesley Boyle and Tim Mouncey.

The teams have one win apiece from their previous two league encounters this season.

Meanwhile George McMullan will be suspended for Cliftonville's trip to face Glentoran at the Oval.

David McAlinden, Barry Holland and Ciaran Donaghy are all injured for the Reds.

"We have three big games coming up in succession - against Glentoran, Linfield and Portadown," said Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin.

"It's important that we hang on to the coat-tails of the leaders," he added.

Donegal Celtic boss Stephen Small is without suspended pair Paul Bradley and Liam Bradley for his side's match at Coleraine.

Stephen McAlorum is still a couple of weeks away from making a return after knee surgery.

Crusaders will hope to take another step towards securing their top-six position ahead of the split by defeating Glenavon at Seaview.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton meanwhile will demand better from his players after their tame surrender in a 4-0 Irish Cup defeat by the Crues last Saturday.

Lisburn Distillery entertain fellow strugglers Dungannon Swifts at New Grosvenor.

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