Managers and coaches across the Central Taxis East of Scotland Premier League have a host of injury concerns to contend with for this weekend’s fixture card.
Spartans EOS travel to Saughton Enclosure tomorrow to face Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, who are still smarting from their Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of East Kilbride.
Ainslie Park manager Alex Cunningham is already missing broken arm victim Ian Bannatyne, but will also have to do without the services of Andy Howat (hamstring), Mike Gray (ankle) and Hayden Crane, who is suspended for tomorrow’s derby clash following his red card against Easthouses two weeks ago.
“It’s not ideal at the moment for us with the injuries we have – we are getting down to the bare bones a little,” said Cunningham.
“But we have to get on with it. We are playing a very good side tomorrow. Kevin [Tawddle] will have them fired-up after the cup game, and we just have to go there and do our best”.
Twaddle welcomes back ex-Spartans striker Sean Wringe after injury, but will still be missing Liam O’Donnell, who has a back complaint, and Kevin Brown, who is suspended.
“It’s the ideal game for us to bounce back. We didn’t do ourselves justice last weekend and it hurt, but we got the boys in at training on Tuesday and just told them about the importance of this game” said Twaddle.
Easthouses Lily also have a depleted squad list for this weekend’s clash with Civil Service Strollers.
Manager Dave McQueenie is missing Ally Elliot, Craig Brown, Gordon Wilson, David Arthur, John Hunter, Jamie Shields and Ross McManus for this weekend either due to injury or holidays.
Civil Service will have manager Ross McNeil back in the dugout for their trip to Midlothian as he returns from work commitments.
Strollers are still missing long term injury victims Paul Lynch, Gavin Pettigrew and Martin Robertson.
The visitors will be looking to make amends for their 4-1 Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of Forres Mechanics last week.
Craigroyston are still searching for their first win of the season and new manager Gary Aitchison takes charge of his first league game at St Marks Park tomorrow against Coldstream.
Aitchison will be without Gerry Burgess, Ross Nisbett, Paul Cadger and Liam Jack for tomorrow, but should be able to field new signing from Vale of Leithen, 22-year-old striker Greig Tulloch.
Craig Dixon has also trained this week and is in contention for this weekend.
Tynecastle have enjoyed a good run of form of late with four straight victories in both league and Alex Jack Cup games, and manager Stephen McKenzie will be looking for that run to continue when Stirling University visit Fernieside Park tomorrow.