Peterhead manager Jim McInally knows that he will need to be creative in his team selection for this weekend’s match with Queen’s Park as his pool is set to be nine players light.
Andy McDonald, Ryan Conroy and Niah Payne failed to complete training on Tuesday due to knocks and ae set to be ruled out alongside Simon Ferry, who limped off in the early stages of Saturday’s game with Cove Rangers, as well as the already injured Alan Cook, Ryan Duncan, Hamish Ritchie and Gary Fraser and the suspended Andrew McCarthy.
Jim said: “Thankfully we are stronger in spirit than we are in bodies. It is not ideal and we could not do any shaping up last night as players dropped out whilst we were making plans. I will spend the rest of the week in discussions with my assistant manager David Nicholls as well as the coaches, Simon and Derek Lyle, over what kind of line-up we can put out.”
“We are going to need to be creative and some players will find themselves playing in unusual positions. It will be a challenge for everyone on the playing side of the club and I am sure everyone will rise to that challenge.”
Jim added: “We spoke at the beginning of training about our disappointing display at Cove. We kept it brief as we did not want that disappointment to linger and have told everyone to move on from it and be ready for Queen’s Park.”