Jim Ervin will be back in the Linfield team a lot quicker than the last time he left the Windsor Park pitch on a stretcher.
The right-back returned to the Blues line-up in February after 10 months out following a cruciate ligament injury.
He has played a major part in Linfield’s surge to the top of the Carling Premiership table in recent weeks and fans were concerned that he may be forced to spend another lengthy period on the sidelines after the former Nottingham Forest trainee was carried off with an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s Co-operative Insurance Cup tie against Newry City.
Ervin, who scored twice from the penalty spot when David Jeffrey’s side hammered the border club 6-0 in the league last Saturday, isn’t expected to be on the treatment table for too long this time, but is grateful for the international break this weekend.
“I am delighted how things have gone for me since I came back from the cruciate injury,” said Ervin. “On a personal level last season ended very well, I got back into the team and felt good after the surgery and the rehabilitation.
“Obviously it was disappointing to lose out on the league to Glentoran and end up without a trophy because we set out every season with the intention of winning the league.”
Ervin has started more games than anyone else for Linfield this season and his record from 12 yards has seen him net six goals.
It seems that the Blues’ penalty woes may be behind them, with someone now scoring from the spot on a regular basis.
“As a full-back when I score it’s a big bonus for me,” said Ervin.
“At Linfield it’s not about individual glory though, it’s about team glory and I’d have been happy to win 1-0 at Newry last Saturday or if we’d won 6-0 and I hadn’t scored. It’s the three points that matter to us.”