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Ballymena captain Ervin eager to make most of unlikely opportunity to face rivals in Irish Cup semi-final

 

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Jim Ervin (left) has recovered from injury

Jim Ervin (left) has recovered from injury

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Jim Ervin (left) has recovered from injury

THE coronavirus pandemic may have brought global football to a halt back in March, but Ballymena United skipper Jim Ervin hasn't been complaining.

Having sustained a serious knee injury in January, the 35-year-old defender reckoned he had no chance of facing rivals Coleraine in the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Semi-Final.

But, after four months of lockdown and a sustained period of rehabilitation, the former Linfield man is again raring to go and is relishing the prospect of lining out against the Bannsiders at Windsor Park tomorrow afternoon.