Shire skipper Kevin Turner will be fit enough to face Queen’s Park in the clubs’ first-ever SPFL meeting at Hampden on Saturday.
Turner was a doubt after getting a nasty facial injury in the 2-0 League Cup defeat against Dunfermline. The clash left him with a broken nose but, fortunately, no concussion and the 26 year-old is set to play despite feeling some discomfort.
Turner took part in training on Tuesday and is due to participate again tonight (Thursday). His red card for two bookings in Saturday’s game will not count towards a suspension in the leagueand it’s not the only piece of good news for coach John Coughlin in the run up to the start of the league campaign; Chris Townsley is set to make his Shire debut at the National Stadium as well.
The giant centre-half has missed out on pre-season because of a hernia operation in May. Townsley, Shire’s big summer signing from Berwick, has been making a recovery at his own pace and was an unused substitute in the Dunfermline match.
“We hope to use him at some stage,” said Coughlin. “Chris will be a big player for us this season as it is absolutely key that we shore things up at the back. We knew and accepted about his op and the recovery time. Now it looks as though the time has come.”
Coughlin though, is disappointed not to be going into the opening match of the league season without at least one win in the early season cup competitions.