Skipper Keith O'Hara is latest injury casualty for Portadown

Philip Lowry of Linfield and Portadown captain Keith O'Hara

Portadown have been rocked by another injury setback as skipper Keith O'Hara has been ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks with a foot injury.

The news comes just two days after full-back Ross Redman was told he would miss most of the season because of a cruciate ligament injury.

O'Hara revealed he had aggravated a metatarsal injury he picked up in an Irish Cup quarter-final back in March.

"I caught it again in the first league match against Linfield," said O'Hara.

"To be honest it had not healed properly and I have been ordered to try and keep off it as much as possible.

"It is a bad time with Ross also being out. If one of us was injured the other could cover.

"However, young Nathan McConnell came on for Ross at Coleraine last Saturday and did well."

O'Hara's injury is to the second metatarsal on his left foot.

"I have to keep a cast on for six weeks but I would say 12 weeks would be the maximum time I am out.

"I would hope to be back sooner."

Portadown, who have drawn their first two Irish Premiership games 1-1 with Linfield and Coleraine, are at home to newly-promoted Ards this Saturday.

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