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Injuries may hinder Ards' fast start

By Adrian Rutherford

Niall Currie says Ards' flying start to the new Danske Bank Premiership season has been overshadowed by a crippling casualty list.

The newly-promoted Co Down side could be without four first-team players for today's game with Portadown.

David McCullough is struggling with a hip injury and may miss the next fortnight. Another new signing, Gary Liggett, has missed all of pre-season after returning from Mexico suffering from illness and has yet to play.

Joe McKinney is suspended after his red card against Dungannon in midweek and Guillaume Keke went off injured in the same game.

Currie said: "With a squad of 18 or 19 you really can't take four hits like that. We'll keep our fingers crossed. We want to get our big players out, fit and available."

Better news is the expected return of Fra Brennan from a hamstring injury.

Ards have taken four points from their first two games. They drew 2-2 against Cliftonville last Saturday and held on for an impressive 2-1 win at Dungannon on Wednesday night.

Next up is Portadown, but Currie is not getting carried away.

"I've told the boys to enjoy every win and every good performance as there will be lots of downs as well," he added.

"A lot of people have said Portadown are in disarray - not on the pitch they're not. They have plenty of experience and quality.

"There is no substitute for quality, and they have lots of it in their team."

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