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Injuries begin to mount up for Bannsiders

Thursday, 20 July 2017

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JAMES McLaughlin is set to undergo an exploratory scan to determine the extent of a knee injury sustained in Saturday's 3-2 win at Portadown.
The big striker was forced off midway through the second half and is expected to miss the opening weeks of the new season.
“We're hoping it's just medial ligament damage and nothing worse than that," explained Bannsiders' boss Oran Kearney.
“James appeared to reach for the ball and was then tackled with the impact affecting his knee.
“It's very hard to say how bad it is at this moment and that's why we're looking at getting a MRI scan rather than trying to guess the extent of the damage," he added.
McLaughlin is just the latest Coleraine player to suffer an injury in pre season.
Full-back Lyndon Kane has been ruled out for several months because of a broken bone in his foot while club captain Davy Kee is to undergo surgery to clean out a knee. Centre-back Gareth McConaghie, meanwhile, is suffering from back pain.
That has prompted Kearney to look at strengthening his options, especially in defence.
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