Ross Redman doubtful for Premiership leaders Portadown

Portadown defender Ross Redman
Ross Redman is a major injury doubt for Portadown

Defender Ross Redman is a major injury doubt with ankle ligament damage for Portadown's Irish Premiership game against Coleraine at Shamrock Park.

The full-back suffered the injury in the win over Ballymena which saw the Ports return to the top of the pile.

Midfielder Robert Garrett serves an automatic one-match ban while Coleraine are missing sidelined trio Gary Browne, Aaron Canning and Paul Owens.

Crusaders skipper Colin Coates is back for his side's trip to face Linfield.

Coates returns from suspension and is set to make his 400th appearance for the Seaview outfit against their title rivals.

Crues midfielder Declan Caddell is suspended, while the Blues are without Peter Thompson and Reece Glendinning, and have striker Andy Waterworth struggling with a back problem.

Ballymena hope to improve their recent record of one win in six league matches at home to Glenavon, but manager Glenn Ferguson must plan without banned duo Johnny Taylor and Mark Surgenor, plus hamstring injury victim Gary Thompson. Gavin Taggart is available again however.

Kris Lindsay is ruled out for the Lurgan Blues but player-manager Gary Hamilton returns to boost the squad which impressively saw off Crusaders 4-1 last Saturday.

Cliftonville have halted a run of indifferent league form with victories over Crusaders, Portadown and Linfield, to move level on points with the Ports and Linfield at the league summit.

They face a Ballinamallard United side who have won their last two games, but are without the injured Cathal Beacom and Leon Carters for the trip to Solitude.

"Our performances have been improving game by game and we find ourselves in a much healthier position than we did throughout what was a very frustrating September," said Reds boss Tommy Breslin.

"What we mustn't do is think that we are back to our best simply because we've got the better of some of the teams at the top end of the table.

"You have to work hard and have the right attitude against every single opponent in this league."

Warrenpoint Town will entertain Glentoran at Milltown without suspended pair Liam Bagnall and Darren King, but Mark Hughes is back after suspension and Ciaran O'Connor has fully recovered from a foot injury.

Eddie Patterson's seventh-placed Glens have defender Willie Garrett ruled out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

David Howland (knee) and Fra McCaffrey (groin) are also absent, but midfielder Kym Nelson should return.

Dungannon Swifts hope to improve on a paltry return of one win from 13 Premiership outings when they travel to Institute, with Alvin Rouse again replacing goalkeeper Andy Coleman, who has a hamstring injury.

'Stute have Paddy McLaughlin out with a damaged ankle and Stephen Curry missing with a shoulder injury, while John Curran is feeling the effects of a head gash and Declan McKeever is on holiday.

Danske Bank Premiership - Saturday 25 October - 15:00 BST kick-offs

Ballymena United v Glenavon

Cliftonville v Ballinamallard Utd

Institute v Dungannon Swifts

Linfield v Crusaders

Portadown v Coleraine

Warrenpoint Town v Glentoran

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