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Terry Fitzpatrick in line to face former team as injuries mount for Dungannon Swifts

New faces: Kris Lindsay hopes to add to his squad in January
New faces: Kris Lindsay hopes to add to his squad in January

By Alex Mills

Kris Lindsay has admitted he will be looking to bolster his Dungannon squad in the January transfer window.

The Swifts' squad has been stretched to the limit this season because of injuries and the loss of several experienced players during the summer.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnston and striker Daniel Hughes have both joined the casualty list in recent weeks.

Hughes (27) has hardly featured this season because of a string of injuries, the latest coming against Coleraine last month.

Johnston (23) suffered a groin problem in the 6-1 defeat to Crusaders on November 30.

Both are expected to miss the busy Christmas programme.

"Daniel has been out for most of the season - he was back for one or two games and did his ankle again," said Lindsay.

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"Sam Johnston had a scan on his groin on Friday and the diagnosis wasn't good.

"It will be after Christmas (before they're back) for both of them."

Dungannon ended a run of 10 matches without a win against Warrenpoint last Saturday.

This afternoon they face Ballymena, who themselves ended a poor sequence with a 1-0 victory against Crusaders at Seaview.

Veteran midfielder Terry Fitzpatrick is available again for Swifts after the 37-year-old, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2017/18 season, played 83 minutes against Warrenpoint after returning for last week's Mid-Ulster Cup tie with Loughgall.

Lindsay hopes Fitzpatrick will bring experience to a young Swifts side.

He said: "Terry manages our under-18 side and our under-20s, and has played for them a few times, just to add that little bit of experience.

"In the Mid-Ulster Cup his organisational skills and attitude were invaluable.

"He knows what it is like to be at Dungannon and knows what it means, and it is infectious.

"His quality is not in doubt, and that attitude and those organisational skills helped a lot on Saturday."

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