Farid and Weatherston doubts for Doonhamers visit

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Mark Millar and Steven Pressley will definitely sit out Falkirk's match with Queen of the South with David Weatherston and Farid El Alagui struggling to make the match.

Midfield lynch-pin Millar has crossed the bookings threshold and must sit the game out. He'll be joined in the stands by boss Steven Pressley, as The Falkirk Herald revealed yesterday afternoon.

Gus MacPherson's visit will be the first of four games missed by the Falkirk boss, leaving Neil McFarlane, Alex Smith and Stevie Crawford in charge of team matters from 3 p.m. on Saturday.

And they don't have their selection problems to seek without Millar in the middle - and El Alagui and Weatherston struggling.

Boss Steven Pressley told The Falkirk Herald website: "Farid and David are both doubts. There's a real concern David will miss the game.

"That puts even more focus on the young players in the team - and they've been tired recently, after giving so much throughout the season.

"Some have played more than 30 games this season and they have given a lot of effort thoughout the season.

"At the end of the game against Hamilton we finished with a 16-year-old on the park, in Craig Sibbald, two 17-year-olds in Stephen Kingsley and Jay Fulton, another two 19-year-olds Kieran Duffie and Murray Wallace, a 20-year-old Jordan White and Stewart Murdoch who turned 22 not long ago.

"That is seven, an incredible number of young players in a team, and they are really performing above themselves when you lay it it out like that.

"For a team to have players that young and in second place in the league - it's incredible, and it's important that we remeber they are still young players, and keep expectation levels in check.

"I've said it so many times this season - they are performing exceptionally well, we're delighted with what they're doing and how they're progressing, but they are over-achieving for players of their age. We mustn't forget that."

Michael McGovern will play against the Doonhamers, but does have a two-game deferred suspension hanging over him for comments made during interviews in the aftermath of the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final defeat to Celtic. However he WILL be free to play for the Bairns and the 'suspended sentence' will only be triggered should he fall foul of the football authorities again.

The goalkeeper has been in exceptional form in recent weeks, and earned a call-up to the Northern Ireland international squad for a match with Norway next week.

McGovern will join his Windsor Park team-mates on Sunday, after standing between the sticks for Falkirk on Saturday.