Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron will have to do without the suspended trio of Miguel Chines, Aaron Harmon and Andrew Doyle for tomorrow's Danske Bank Premiership game with Portadown.
Chines was sent off in last week's clash with Crusaders at Seaview after an altercation with Colin Coates. Referee Raymond Crangle red-carded both, much to the dismay of Haveron.
Although it's too late for the Portadown game, Carrick plan to appeal their top scorer's suspension.
"We will appeal the suspension because as far as we're concerned, Miguel did nothing wrong," said Haveron.
"Yes, it was a clumsy tackle but it was no more than a free-kick. We were told that Miguel was sent off for hitting out at Coates after the ball was cleared but I haven't spoken to anyone who saw this happen and the TV footage doesn't show Miguel doing anything wrong. Miguel isn't the sort of player to do that.
"Even if our appeal is successful, it's no use for the Portadown game as it won't be heard for a while yet. It's very frustrating for me as I'm already without Aaron Harmon and Andrew Doyle, who are two important players for us.
"It will give other players a chance to show what they're made of, but you would rather have guys of that quality available."
Last weekend, Carrick were on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline, with their former player Paul Heatley scoring four times for the Crues. Haveron want to see a reaction from his players at Taylor's Avenue tomorrow.
"Until the Crusaders game, we had competed in every match. If anything I think we're unfortunate not to have more points, but we can have no complaints about last Saturday's result," he said.
"I'm not naïve enough to think that we weren't going to have a few off days in the Premiership but you can't afford to play like that against the champions. I expect to see something of a reaction from my players."
Haveron believes Portadown are a quality outfit despite their recent poor form. They lost 2-1 to Coleraine at Shamrock Park last weekend and their last league win was against Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park in August.
"Portadown are still a quality side in my book," he added. "They've some fantastic players and despite their recent form, I expect them to be in the top half of the table come the end of the season. They've got the quality to compete for trophies."