Peterhead’s preparations for their Premier Sports cup opener against Hearts have been rocked by injury and suspensions.
The Blue Toon’s hopes of repeating their 2017 shock win over the Jambos have taken a knock with up to seven players set to miss out, including skipper Scott Brown and defender Jason Brown who are both suspended.
Andy McDonald, Andy McCarthy, Derek Lyle and Niah Payne all picked up injuries in the midweek 4-3 friendly win over Broughty Athletic, with the quartet now all ruled out of the clash with the Edinburgh giants.
The Balmoor side are also sweating over the availability of experienced midfielder Si Ferry, who has suffered a broken toe.
Peterhead boss Jim McInally said: “It was a very expensive friendly and I am not sure what our line-up will be to face Hearts because we have so many players out.
“We had agreed to give our dugout to Hearts to place their substitutes there, which is quite ironic as we may not have many subs ourselves.”
“We knew about the suspensions and had made plans to cope with that, but to have up to five others missing is a lot for a part time team facing Premiership opponents.
“It is disappointing that suspensions from last season are carried forward and that is something I think should be looked into by clubs.”
“It will take a monumental effort from a makeshift side to repeat our famous success of 2017.”