Linfield’s bid to wrestle the Carling Premiership from Glentoran have suffered an early blow.
The Blues’ major summer signing, Curtis Allen, is out of the Saturday’s opening day trip to Coleraine — and he will miss at least six weeks of action after being stretchered out of last night’s friendly with Amateur League side Dunmurry YM.
Allen was taken to hospital for x-rays after going over on his ankle in a hole on the pitch, but while the good news is that there is no break, he faces a spell on the sidelines rather than getting his Linfield career up and running.
“I scored four on Monday night and I was buzzing going into the game,” Allen said. “I put my foot into a divot in the pitch. I heard something like a crack or a tear, the pain shot through my ankle and it’s swollen very quickly too.
“To happen in the week before the season is a nightmare, but hopefully I won’t be out too long.”
Meanwhile, the launch of the Carling Premiership took place yesterday with the news that there will be an increase in prize money of £10,000, going up from £340,000 to £350,000, with the winners collecting £50,000.