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Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree: Patience key to Peter McMahon's push for fitness

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts boss Rodney McAree says it will be several weeks before new signing Peter McMahon is ready to play.

The winger is returning from a long-term hip joint injury that has kept him out of action since featuring for former club Portadown in November last year - and McAree is wary about rushing him back too quickly.

"Hopefully he will be back within the next six weeks," he said. "We're leaving him out just to do a good bit of strength work and rehab work.

"He has trained four or five times with us and it certainly doesn't seem to be too much of a problem.

"He gets a little bit of discomfort towards the end of training.

"We are trying to build his strength up all around the area so that it supports it a wee bit more and hopefully then he will be fighting fit."

McAree said patience is the main thing, adding: "We signed Peter knowing that he was going to be three or four weeks away from performing.

"But he is a good signing if and when we get him on the pitch."

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