Glenavon have a selection problem this weekend with up to seven defenders ruled out for the visit of Ballymena United.
They’ll be without the suspended William Murphy and Eddie McCallion while Kris Lindsay, Marc Brown, Brendan Shannon and James Singleton are struggling with injury.
“We’ve only got three players who are 100% fit and available and can play in defence. That’s Kyle Neill, Rhys Marshall and Gareth McKeown. After that, everybody’s either coming back from injury or suspended,” said manager Gary Hamilton.
“There aren’t too many clubs who could cope with that. In midfield and up front we’re not too bad but we’ll have to come up with something to deal with the defensive situation.”
That will take some creative thinking and Hamilton doesn’t rule out rushing back some players.
“We’ve been scratching our heads all week. There aren’t many of our midfielders who could drop into centre-half or right-back.
“We’re tried out a defence in the Reserves. We’re having a look at Grant Gardiner at centre-half and left-back and we’ll have a look at Brendan Shannon.”
Hamilton is hoping his patched up back-line can hold out and his side can claim maximum points against both Ballymena this weekend and in their pre-Christmas trip to Warrenpoint six days later.
He said: “We want to get six points out of the next two games but when you’re missing seven defenders and another four or five on top of that out of a 20 man squad, it makes things difficult.
“Shane McCabe and Rhys Marshall are due suspensions in the next few weeks as well.
“We’ll go out, work hard and hopefully come away with three points on Saturday.”
Ballymena will have other ideas, however and have picked up three wins in their last four games.