Sean Ward ankle injury is concern for Glentoran

Sean Ward
Sean Ward was injured during the league game against Coleraine

Glentoran will check on the fitness of ankle injury victim Sean Ward ahead of Saturday's Premiership game against Cliftonville at the Oval.

Ward limped off during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Coleraine.

Linfield are still without suspended midfielder Nathan Hanley for their visit to Ballymena but Robert Garrett returns after his two-game ban.

Tony Kane is back in the Ballymena squad but Alan Teggart and Davy Munster are missing for the Sky Blues.

Both players are performing the role of best man at weddings.

United will hope to arrest their poor home form, which has seen them pick up just one point from their first three outings at the Showgrounds.

Conor Downey could return after injury while new signings Liam Watson and Richard Vauls will come into contention.

Coleraine will assess the fitness of Stephen Lowry before their home game against Portadown.

Lowry suffered a nose injury after taking a blow to the face during the game with Glentoran.

The Ports, who are level on 12 points with Linfield at the top of the table, welcome back Richard Clarke after suspension.

Coleraine are still looking for their first league win.

Donegal Celtic lie fifth in the table after their dramatic win over Crusaders on Monday night and Hoops manager Paddy Kelly has moved to strengthen his squad by signing Cliftonville midfielder Jody Lynch on loan.

DC travel to basement club Glenavon, who have Ryan Harpur back after suspension.

Dungannon Swifts signed Joe McCready from Institute before the transfer window closed and he comes into the squad for the visit of Crusaders to Stangmore Park.

Carrick Rangers, buoyed by their win at Ballymena in midweek, entertain Lisburn Distillery at Seaview.

Carling Premiership - Saturday 3 September - 1500 BST

Ballymena Utd v Linfield

Carrick Rangers v Lisburn Distillery

Coleraine v Portadown

Dungannon Swifts v Crusaders

Glenavon v Donegal Celtic

Glentoran v Cliftonville