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Sunday 21 September 2014

McCafferty facing two weeks on sidelines for Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon Swifts have been dealt a massive blow after top scorer Neil McCafferty was ruled out for a fortnight with a knee injury.

The midfielder, who has scored seven goals, was forced off during the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Coleraine.

Early indications are that McCafferty has suffered minor knee ligament damage, keeping him out of action for the next two weeks.

It means he will miss tonight’s league game against Lisburn Distillery, and Saturday’s Co-Operative Insurance Cup tie with Larne.

Manager Dixie Robinson admitted it was a blow, adding: “It’s a setback because Neil has been an important player for us this season. He is also our top goalscorer, but it’s happened and we just have to get on with things.”

Robinson is eager for his side to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat by taking three points against basement side Distillery this evening.

“People have written us off before when we’ve lost a game,” he added. “They expect us to slide down the table, but we’ve proved them wrong and bounced back with positive results. That has to be our attitude on Tuesday night.

“That has been our motivational tool from day one. We’re starting to get some credit now, although the majority of people probably still think we’re punching above our weight.”

Dungannon have been struggling for goals in recent weeks, and missed a series of chances against Coleraine. But, Robinson is refusing to panic.

“It’s a bigger concern if you’re not getting chances,” he added. “You have to look at the bigger picture and our overall season, and I’m quite content about how we’ve done.”

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