Linfield's Mark McAllister doubtful for Glenavon clash

Mark McAllister celebrates scoring against Glentoran on Boxing Day

Linfield striker Mark McAllister is an injury doubt ahead of Saturday's Premiership game at Glenavon.

The former Dungannon forward, who scored in the Boxing Day win over Glentoran, picked up a groin strain during training on Thursday night.

The champions are still missing injured pair Peter Thompson (knee) and Philip Lowry (ankle).

Glenavon will be without the suspended Conor Hagan following his dismissal against Portadown on Wednesday.

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin reports no fresh injury concerns as the leaders prepare to take on Dungannon Swifts at Solitude.

The Reds moved nine points clear of Crusaders after beating their north Belfast rivals 1-0 on Boxing.

Crusaders make the long trip to face Ballinamallard with boss Stephen Baxter confident his side can still win the title.

"There's still a long way to go in this league and we'll be fighting for every point," said Baxter.

"I don't get too anxious about tables and you win nothing at this time of year.

"Our focus now is on a very tough game against Ballinamallard on Saturday followed by another tough encounter with Portadown."

Glentoran midfielder Stephen McAlorum is banned for visit of Donegal Celtic but Jason Hill, Mark Clarke and William Garrett return from suspension.

Another player back from a ban is Portadown forward Darren Murray and he is available for the Shamrock Park meeting with Coleraine.

Ballymena will aim to halt a run of six straight league defeats when they play basement boys Lisburn Distillery at the Showgrounds.

United have Tony Kane returning from a ban although Alan Davidson (ribs) is a doubt, while Distillery's Dominic Melly remains suspended.

The Sky Blues will be boosted by the signing of striker Shane Dolan, who has agreed to join the Showgrounds club from Donegal Celtic on an 18-month contract.

Saturday 29 December - 1500 GMT kick-off

Dankse Bank Premiership

Ballinamallard Utd v Crusaders

Ballymena Utd v Lisburn Distillery

Cliftonville v Dungannon Swifts

Glenavon v Linfield

Glentoran v Donegal Celtic

Portadown v Coleraine

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