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McAree eager to keep good run going despite Armstrong injury

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts could be without defender David Armstrong for tonight's Bet McLean League Cup tie at Warrenpoint.

The Tyrone side are aiming to make the last eight of the competition for the third time in four seasons.

But boss Rodney McAree is pessimistic that Armstrong will be available for the match at Milltown.

The 30-year-old suffered an ankle injury in the draw at Glenavon 11 days ago.

Armstrong didn't play against Ballymena on Saturday and McAree admits he is unlikely to be risked tonight.

"He twisted his ankle blocking a cross. I don't think he'll be ready for Tuesday night," he said.

"We tried to rush him through and get him back on Saturday but unfortunately it didn't materialise."

Dungannon have lost only one of their last nine in all competitions. That includes a 2-1 win over tonight's opponents when they met in the league three weeks ago.

After a difficult start, which saw Dungannon lose their opening three games, their turnaround has been impressive.

And McAree wants another win to keep up the momentum.

"We've got a bit more momentum going into Tuesday," he said.

"The League Cup is a break from the league but we want to try and keep our run going. We've won six, drew two and lost one of our last nine. For Dungannon Swifts that is very good."

Dungannon reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 2014 and 2016, losing to Ballymena and Carrick Rangers.

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