Gar­dyne in­jured

Premier­ship: Man­ager McIn­tyre crav­ing con­sis­tency in pur­suit of top six re­ward

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Front Page - BY ANDY SKINNER

Ross County mid­fielder Michael Gar­dyne is a doubt for to­mor­row’s game against St John­stone due to a thigh in­jury.

Ross County mid­fielder Michael Gar­dyne is ama­jor doubt for to­mor­row’s game against St John­stone due to a thigh in­jury suf­fered in Satur­day’s Scot­tish Cup loss to Aberdeen.

Gar­dyne needed four stitches in his thigh after a chal­lenge from Dons goal­keeper Joe Lewis to­wards the end of the first half of the 1-0 de­feat.

The 31-year-old could join Christo­pher Routis on the side­lines for the visit of Saints, with the French­man out for the rest of the month with a ham­string in­jury.

Stag­gies man­ager Jim McIn­tyre will be cau­tious, hav­ing added mid­field­ers Os­car Gobern, Mi­lan Lalkovic and Jim O’Brien in Jan­uary.

He said: “Michael is a ma­jor doubt while Chris has prob­a­bly got an­other two or three weeks to go.

“He has a part of his ham­string that he over­stretched in train­ing and it is a lit­tle bit worse than we first feared.

“That’s ex­actly why we cov­ered those ar­eas of the team with our sign­ings in Jan­uary.

“We’ve got Ian McShane whois back in train­ing now as well after his groin in­jury, which in­creases num­bers.

“Os­car Gobern is still get­ting up to speed, but he’s cer­tainly get­ting there.”

County are search­ing for their first league vic­tory of 2017 when they face Saints, who are 10 points ahead of the Stag­gies in fifth place.

McIn­tyre does not be­lieve his side will catch the Perth out­fit, but is in­tent on join­ing them in the top half of the ta­ble, and he added: “They are very dan­ger­ous. They’ve shown what a good side they are, but on any given day each team is ca­pa­ble of beat­ing each other.

“It’s about mak­ing sure we’re fully fo­cused on try­ing to get three points. We’re the home side and want to make sure we do that. Games be­tween us are gen­er­ally tough games.

“The top six is there for ev­ery team. It will be the team that shows the con­sis­tency, which none of us have done this sea­son.

“We’re all com­pet­ing for the one spot as I don’t think any­body is go­ing to man­age to catch St John­stone.

“It’s about who shows the most con­sis­tency and puts that run of re­sults to­gether.”

“It will be the team that shows the con­sis­tency, which none of us have done this sea­son

In­jury doubt: For County’s Michael Gar­dyne

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