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Linfield aiming to bank £1m Euro windfall


David Healy
David Healy

By Steven Beacom

Linfield will enter tonight's Europa League clash with HB Torshavn in the Faroe Islands (4.45pm) knowing a near £1m windfall is on the line.

The Blues are guaranteed £718,804 from their adventures in Europe this season even if they lose the second qualifying round tie, though victory would not only take them through to the next phase but bring the Windsor Park club's summer earnings in continental competition to a whopping £970,000.

Linfield banked £251,000 despite losing to Rosenborg in the Champions League last week and are assured a further £233.000 if they fail to qualify for the group stages of either European competition.

For reaching this stage of the Europa League they will receive another £251,000 and success against the Faroe Islands opposition ensures £233,000 more.

Ahead of tonight's first leg away from home, manager David Healy revealed goalkeeper Gareth Deane is missing with an injury picked up in Rosenborg last week.

That could mean a debut for Scottish ace Rohan Ferguson, who was brought in on loan from Motherwell last week. Joel Cooper may also play a part having returned to action in a friendly versus Dundela on Saturday.

Healy is expecting a physical contest. He said: "This more than previous European games we've been involved in will be played like an Irish League match. We've seen footage of them and they are strong and physical and get the ball in the box and we must be ready."

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