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Belfast Giants coach Thornton expects McMorrow back for Play-offs tilt

By Stuart McKinley

Sean McMorrow won’t be in the Belfast Giants team to face the Cardiff Devils tonight — but coach Steve Thornton is hoping to have his enforcer back in the line-up at least for the Play-offs.

Tough guy McMorrow has headed back to north-America as he attempts to clear his name after allegations of drug trafficking came to light last weekend.

He travelled with the team on their way to the double-header in Edinburgh last Saturday and Sunday, but turned back after discussions with Thornton.

“Sean is obviously out of the games this weekend, but what’s going on with him hasn’t affected the team,” said Thornton.

“We’re hoping that he will be back in a week or so, we just don’t know.”

Thornton’s focus is on the players that he does have available, but Pierre-Luc Faubert is also missing and Shane Johnson is again expected to be absent.

Those player problems don’t help a Giants team who are fighting to stay in the Elite League title hunt and while Sunday night’s defeat in Edinburgh killed hopes of moving to the top of the table ahead of Coventry Blaze tonight, Thornton isn’t conceding the crown and is still demanding that his team keeps the pressure on the leaders.

“I think if we can win our next three games then we can take the league down to the last night when we go to Coventry,” said Thornton.

“We do have to rely on favours from other teams and we can only worry about the things that we can control, but Coventry have to keep winning too and there are games along the way that are going to be tough for them.

“There are no excuses for us. We have three homes games left, we don’t have to travel anymore before that last game in Coventry and we don’t have to play on consecutive nights, so the players can go out and give their all, which is what I expect from them at this stage of the season.”

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