Belfast Telegraph

Eoin Bradley set for shock Coleraine return after his injury horror

By Alex Mills

Eoin Bradley is targeting a dramatic comeback in tomorrow's Danske Bank Premiership against Cliftonville at Solitude.

The 33-year-old Coleraine striker has been out since early January after sustaining an horrific injury that threatened to derail his season.

Having punctured a lung and broken ribs (below), it was thought that Bradley's campaign could well be written off.

But he got the all clear after a visit to the hospital earlier this week and he can't wait to pull on the jersey again.

"I'm good to go, it's now up to the gaffer Oran Kearney," said the Kilrea man. "I got the thumbs up from the doctor on Wednesday and if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me. I'm normally a quick healer. I was back swimming again seven or eight days after the injury and I then did a lot of work on weights in the gym. I'm still a bit sore at times, but that is only to be expected. I'm certainly hoping to be included in the squad for the Cliftonville game - and I'm ready to start if the boss needs me."

The big striker returned to the club from Glenavon in the January transfer window and, after helping the Bannsiders to a shock win over Linfield at Windsor Park, he was carried off after suffering injury in the opening minutes of a home victory over Portadown.

Bradley adds: "The boys have done fantastically well as they are unbeaten in eight games, perhaps they'll not want me back?

"We've already secured a top six place in the table and we have a massive Irish Cup game against Ballymena United coming up on March 4. Obviously, we take one game at a time. Cliftonville will be a big test. They are always difficult to beat on their home patch. But we've to focus on ourselves. We want to finish as high up the table as we possibly can. Getting into Europe would be massive for the club financially.

"There is no doubt it's exciting times for Coleraine."

• Glenavon have signed former Northern Ireland Under-21 international Chris Turner.

The 30-year-old midfielder won two League of Ireland titles and a Setanta Cup with Shamrock Rovers but his last club was Cowdenbeath.

The Ballymoney man also had spells with Partick Thistle, Dunbarton and Hamilton in Scotland.

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