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Injured ace Hughes set to miss first month of Swifts' campaign

Institute v Dungannon Sw, Danske Bank Premiership, Brandywell Stadium, Tonight, 7.45pm

Daniel Hughes
Daniel Hughes
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon Swifts striker Daniel Hughes could be facing another month on the sidelines.

The 27-year-old is recovering from an ankle injury. He did not feature in the Swifts' pre-season campaign and will not be ready until the middle of next month.

Dungannon, who play Institute tonight, have seen their start to the season disrupted by player availability issues.

Dougie Wilson and Callum Byers are returning from injury, while Paul McElroy was left out on Saturday amid reported transfer interest from Crusaders.

Boss Kris Lindsay admits that Byers and Hughes are a few weeks away from a comeback.

"Dougie was probably touch and go for Saturday, it maybe came a few days too early for him," he said. "He'll be back probably within the week.

"Callum Byers will be another few weeks yet and with Daniel Hughes, it will probably be mid-September by the time he's back. He's got an ankle problem, it has been ongoing for quite a while now.

"He had another scan on it last week, but it was a positive scan and we're hoping to have him back mid-September."

Swifts drew 2-2 against Ballymena on Saturday and tonight tackle a 'Stute side who lost 3-1 at Linfield on the opening day.

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