Ro-Shaun Williams injury news as Larne face anxious wait over defensive headache

A picture of Larne’s Ro-Shaun Williams
Larne’s Ro-Shaun Williams -Credit:INPHO/Matt Mackey

Larne are sweating over a potential injury crisis ahead of their three final league games of the season.

With Levi Ives out for the rest of the season and Cian Bolger battling a hamstring problem Tiernan Lynch was forced to shuffle his pack for the visit of Cliftonville on Saturday. The last thing the Invermen needed was ankle defensive injury, but that's exactly what happened as Ro-Shaun Williams was forced off with an ankle injury before half time leaving the ground in a protective boot.

Thankfully for Larne it didn't impact Saturday's result as they put the Reds to the sword running out 8-1 winners in the end as they stormed back to the top of the league. But with three huge games coming up in the battle for the Gibson Cup, starting with a trip to Glentoran on Tuesday night, the reigning champions could be facing a potential defensive headache.

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"Ro-Shaun had to come off with an ankle strain how bad that is we don't know at this stage," explained Lynch.

"He's in a boot and we will continue to monitor him over the next 24/48 hours. I thought the guys who came in were magnificent but it's going to be a different animal going to The Oval and that's something that I'm very conscious of."

It was a challenging week for the reigning champions as they slipped to a first home defeat in 18 months last Saturday before being leapfrogged at the summit by Linfield on Friday night. But rather than feel sorry for themselves the Invermen let their football do the talking as they put Cliftonville to the sword.

Four goals in either half, against a Reds side who had Ronan Hale sent off on the half hour, was not only Larne's biggest win of the season but their most important to date with boss Lynch quick to praise his side's ruthlessness.

"We definitely couldn't have asked for much more from the boys," he said. "We were obviously hurting after last week and we needed a response after that...thankfully we got it.

"I thought from the first minute right through to the 94th minute or whatever it was we kept pressing and going after them. In the past we've probably taken our foot off the gas, but that was very different today. I'm super proud of them.

"We talked about it at half time that the big thing for us was the goal difference and there was an opportunity with them being down to 10 men. We didn't want them to take their foot off the gas. Thankfully to a man they went and got after them and we got our goals.

"We scored some good quality goals and there was a few good saves that the goalkeeper made as well, which probably kept the score down to eight. That's not to try and stick the boot in or anything like that, it's just from our end and I'm absolutely delighted for them."

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