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Coleman is still weeks away from Dungannon comeback

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts goalkeeper Andy Coleman is set to miss this weekend's game at Cliftonville as an old injury continues to cause him trouble.

Coleman suffered a fractured wrist at the back end of last season, and the problem has flared up again.

The 32-year-old hasn't played since the opening day, when he was sent off in a 3-1 defeat to Coleraine.

Even though his suspension has cleared, the re-occurrence of his injury has kept him out of the last few games.

And the player himself believes it could be another two or three weeks before he is back.

That rules him out of tomorrow's match at Cliftonville, where Dungannon are aiming for a fourth win in a row.

Boss Rodney McAree said: "It seems to be the fracture area on his wrist has flared up again.

"It's just a case of waiting for that to settle down."

Cliftonville have made a stuttering start to the campaign and sit eighth, recording only one win in their first five league games.

Dungannon, meanwhile, having started the season with three straight defeats, have seen their form pick up with wins over Ards, Newry City - in the League Cup - and Ballinamallard.

McAree knows the importance of another momentum-building win. He said: "You want to try and keep the ball rolling.

"It is important to keep the momentum going and keep winning games.

"We have three wins on the bounce and we can now look forward to Cliftonville.

"On paper they have a lot of attacking options in their team so we're going to have to make sure we keep it tight when we don't have the ball."

With that in mind, McAree was pleased to see defender Chris Hegarty come through his first 90 minutes of the season against the Mallards last weekend.

"His ability to go and win the ball in the air and his aggression in how he wins it is important," McAree added. "It sets the tone for everyone else."

Meanwhile, Cliftonville will face the Northern Ireland Junior international side in a friendly at Solitude on Tuesday, September 26 (7.45pm).

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