Saffrons hopeful Crozier will start against Waterford
Antrim joint manager Gearoid Adams believes that patience could prove a real virtue for his side in the countdown to Sunday's vital Division Four Allianz Football League encounter against Waterford at Corrigan Park, Belfast.
Long-serving defender Justin Crozier is still feeling the effects of a hamstring injury and Adams insists that the Toome pharmacist will be given "every chance" to make the starting line-up.
"Justin is the kind of player that we need in there at this point in time, but naturally we don't want to take any risks with him," said Adams.
"He has been a great servant and still has lots more to offer. It's very important that we have him on board and we just have to be patient and see how things go. We will give him every chance."
The potential absence of Crozier could be offset by the impact which the Saffrons' substitutes have been making of late.
"Players have been coming off the bench and performing well for us and that is very encouraging," adds Adams.
"We have defensive cover should Justin not make the cut but that's a bridge we will cross if and when necessary."
It was another seasoned defender Kevin O'Boyle who grabbed Antrim's goal in their 1-11 to 0-11 win over London last Sunday and the former skipper will again have a key role to play against a Waterford side that was only beaten by a point by Wexford last weekend.
Not only will Antrim seek to consolidate their position at the top of the table on Sunday but they will also be bidding to maintain their status as the only team in the country which has not conceded a goal to date in the league.