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Trio back to boost Dungannon Swifts

Three players should return to boost Dungannon Swifts as they kick off a triple-header against Belfast opposition at the Oval tomorrow.

Midfield trio Ryan McCluskey, Johnny Topley and Alain Emerson are all set to return from long-term injuries.

Three weeks after their League Cup dreams were ended by a 5-1 defeat to Glentoran, Dungannon are back in east Belfast for a vital league game.

While some of the pressure has been eased by recent wins over Glenavon and Donegal Celtic, manager Dixie Robinson will want a positive performance.

It is the start of a tough run, with Linfield and Cliftonville also to come, but Robinson believes his side are capable of causing a few surprises.

“I don’t think anyone outside of the changing room will expect us to get anything from those games, but we certainly do,” he said.

“I believe in the group of players I have. You don’t go into any match thinking it’s going to be easy, because they are all difficult. We will go to the Oval expecting a tough game, but we’ll not go there with any fears.

“We can only play one way and sometimes that can be a problem because, while we can score, we can also concede. At least we are entertaining. If you look at our last two games we have scored six and conceded six, and I’d rather have that than two 0-0s.”

Belfast Telegraph