Nightmare injury for Linfield’s Allen
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.