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Balmoor boss keen to strengthen as forward suffers serious injury

Thu 01 Feb 2018

Blue Toon boss is hoping to add to his squad before his team’s top of the table clash against Montrose Blue Toon boss is hoping to add to his squad before his team’s top of the table clash against Montrose

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is aiming to bolster his squad after losing Nicky Riley for the rest of the season.

The 31 year old former Celtic and Dundee winger suffered a serious knee injury in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory at Berwick.

With Mason Robertson,Jamie Stevenson and Paul Cairney also sidelined, the Blue Toon pool is severely stretched for their League 2 title charge.

McInally, who is eyeing a Premiership forward, said: “We think Nicky might have a cruciate problem but he has definitely got a fracture in his knee.”

“We are gutted for him because he was in agony on Tuesday night and he is a big player for us.”

“I know he has not started a lot of games this season but when he comes on, he has an X-factor that we will really miss.”

“Nicky has been fighting niggly injuries all season and it is typical that when he starts against Berwick, he ends up with a horror injury.”

“We will just try and make sure we can win this league and he can be one of our causes.”

The Blue Toon could have at least one new face in for Saturday’s top of the table clash against Montrose.

Despite their lack of numbers, McInally’s men are in excellent form having won eight of their last nine league matches, their latest victory coming at Shielfield Park.

Peterhead built up a two-goal lead, which was wiped out early in the second half, but Jack Leitch scored the winner with 19 minutes remaining.

The Balmoor boss said: “The players found a way to win.”

“It was what you would call ‘winning ugly’ although I did think we deserved to win the game.”

“We made things so hard for ourselves because when we went two up, we missed a good chance to score again and then straight away, Berwick pulled one back just before half time.”

“But credit to the lads because after it went to 2-2, they got back on top of the game and pushed on to get the vital third goal and the three points.”

“I was not pleased with the performance but I liked the players’ attitude because they were not happy with their performance either.”

“There were some tired legs because we had played three games in a week but the victory could turn out to be massive at the end of the season.”

 

By Glenn Moir