Ballymena's Costello to miss Seaview game against Crusaders

James Costello

Ballymena United striker James Costello is out of the Premiership clash against Crusaders because of a thigh injury.

Chris Rodgers, Gary Thompson and Tony Kane return from suspension while Alan Davidson is back from injury.

Mark Surgenor is also avaliable again after missing the impressive 2-0 win over champions Linfield last weekend.

The Crues, who opened their campaign with a 3-1 defeat at Coleraine, are without injured pair Colin Coates and Jordan Owens for Saturday's game.

Crusaders skipper Coates (ankle) and striker Owens (calf) were injured in Tuesday night's friendly against a Liverpool XI at Ravenhill.

Darren Boyce is poised to start his third spell with Coleraine in the encounter against Linfield at Windsor Park

The 26-year-old forward signed for the Bannsiders this week after being transfer listed by Glentoran last month.

Coleraine will hope to improve on their record of just four wins in the last 25 meetings with the Blues.

Glentoran midfielder Jim O'Hanlon is a doubt for the Mourneview Park game against Glenavon.

O'Hanlon will be given a fitness test on an injured ankle and boss Eddie Patterson has brought Martin Murray into the squad as cover.

The Glens beat Donegal Celtic 3-1 on the opening day of the season and Patterson is looking for a repeat against a Lurgan Blues side missing the suspended Jordan Dane.

"It's alway good to start with a win but we need to build on it and continue in the same vein on Saturday," he said.

Cliftonville will be without banned midfielder Barry Johnston for their trip to Dungannon Swifts.

Elsewhere, Donegal Celtic host Portadown and Premiership newboys Ballinamallard travel to Lisburn Distillery.

Danske Bank Premiersip

Saturday 18 August - 15:00 BST kick-off

Crusaders v Ballymena Utd

Donegal Celtic v Portadown

Dungannon Swifts v Cliftonville

Glenavon v Glentoran

Linfield v Coleraine

Lisburn Distillery v Ballinamallard Utd

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