Glentoran without key players for Europa League tie

Colin Nixon
Colin Nixon scored Glentoran's goal against Renova in Macedonia

Glentoran will be without several key players for their Europa League second qualifying round, first leg game against Ukranian side Vorskla Poltava.

Defenders Colin Nixon and Jonny Taylor are suspended for the first leg at the Oval on Thursday after being booked during both matches against FC Renova.

Sean Ward will be on holiday while Richard Clarke will be on honeymoon after getting married on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Elliott Morris may also face an extended suspension.

Morris was sent-off in the first leg of the first qualifying round tie against Renova in Macedonia and is the subject of a disciplinary hearing for his reaction to the dismissal.

The Glens beat Renova 3-2 on penalties after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate after extra-time.

Meanwhile Coleraine striker Leon Knight is believed to be keen to join his former team-mates Stephen Carson and Darren Boyce as part of the Oval set-up.

Knight was keen to move back to full-time football in England but failed to secure a move after a trial with Swindon Town.

Sources at Glentoran have intimated that they would be interested in signing Knight but any deal is unlikely at the moment given their budgetary restrictions.