Ballyclare Comrades have been boosted by the news all connected with the club have been waiting for – ace striker Chris Trussell is back in training.
The big front man, who averaged almost a goal-a-game over the past two seasons is on the way back, having been side-lined with a knee injury for seven weeks. And he hopes to be back in action again when Premiership side Dungannon Swifts arrive at Dixon Park in sixth round of the Irish Cup on February 7.
“A player of Chris’s calibre will always be missed in any team, so I will be delighted to see his name on the team sheet again,” said manager Eddie Hill.
Meanwhile, Ballyclare travel to New Grosvenor Park on Saturday in search of Championship 1 points, but in recent seasons Lisburn Distillery have proved to be their bogey team, winning all three recent clashes.
“After beating us earlier in the season at Dixon Park, they will not be lacking in confidence for the return match on their own patch,” cautioned Hill.
Except for full-back Darren Doherty who is suspended for one more match, and Trussell, the Comrades should be at full strength, with all four new signings eligible after being cup-tied against Queen’s.
Reflecting on Saturday’s Intermediate Cup win against Queen’s, Hill said he was happy to progress but was “far from happy with the performance”.