Belfast Telegraph

Portadown left reeling after Redman blow

By Keith Bailie

Portadown have been dealt a significant blow with the news that Ross Redman is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Redman will be sidelined for between six to eight months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Coleraine – only the second league game of the season.

The left-back was stretchered off at the Showgrounds and his worst fears were confirmed yesterday.

Redman, who is boss Ronnie McFall's nephew, confirmed the news on his Twitter account, saying: "Just got word I've done my cruciate 2nd game of the season. 6-9 months out. Absolutely gutted."

The club said: "Everyone at Portadown FC wishes Ross well with his recovery & we hope to see him back in his number 3 shirt as soon as possible."

Portadown will face Ards on Saturday without Redman, while Darren Murray, Chris Casement and Keith O'Hara are all injury doubts.

Meanwhile, Cliftonville skipper George McMullan discovers the results of his scan today, amidst fears he has suffered the same injury as Redman.

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Belfast Telegraph Championship One favourites Carrick Rangers host Ballyclare Comrades in tonight's east Antrim derby.

Carrick started the season last week with an impressive 6-1 win over Coagh United, with the Comrades drawing 1-1 with Donegal Celtic.

Elsewhere, Larne travel to east Belfast to face Harland & Wolff Welders, while Dundela welcome Knockbreda to Wilgar Park.

In Championship Two, Newington YC cross the city to face Queen's University at The Dub. All four games kick-off at 7pm.

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