Injury problems mount ahead of Dumfries trip

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ARBROATH manager, Paul Sheerin, could be faced with selection problems ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) trip to face Queen of the South, writes Jennifer Newton.

Wednesday night’s league cup defeat by Inverness Caledonian Thistle saw Derek Holmes, Mark Baxter and Michael Travis all limp off with injuries.

And now they all face a race against time to be fit to make the trip to Palmerston Park to face the Dumfries side which, like the Lichties, is unbeaten in the league this season.

Tomorrow’s opponents pulled off a remarkable 2-0 win against SPL side Hibs on Tuesday night in the League Cup.

And the boss believes that might make them dangerous.

He said: “We just have to recover now in time for the game against Queen of the South who got an unbelievable result against Hibs on Tuesday night.

“Unfortunately for us, Mark Baxter, Michael Travis and Derek Holmes all had to go off on Wednesday so we will have to wait and see with them.”

The transfer window slams shut tonight (Friday) with some clubs eager to bring in new faces before it opens again in January.

But the manager has admitted it is very unlikely there will be any last minute signings at Gayfield.

He explained: “We are done as far as signings are concerned as unfortunately the budget won’t stretch.

“So I can’t seen anything happening on that front.”

The boss has already drafted in ‘keeper Scott Morrison to provide cover for Tony Bullock.

The injury to first choice ‘keeper Darren Hill, who broke his arm two weeks ago, is worse than first feared and he may not return until December.

Morrison has already had a stint at Gayfield under previous manager John McGlashan and could actually be called upon to start in next Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Stenhousemuir.

This is due to Hill’s injury and Bullock being suspended.

The Challenge Cup tie against Stenhousemuir is set to take place on Sunday, September 9, with a 3 p.m. kick off.

The club has a budget hospitality package available for the tie at a price of £30, which includes ground entry, a one-course meal and two complimentary drinks.

Anybody interested should contact events co-ordinator Julie Harper on 07864195158.