Injury woes for Loons’ manager

Loons’ boss Dick Campbell faces an injury nightmare as he prepares for the must win game against Stranraer on Saturday.

Long term injury victims Keith Gibson and Derek Soutar are out for remainder of season.

Martyn Fotheringham is also out injured this Saturday, while Odmar Faeroe, who pulled up in the warm up prior to Queen of the South game, is also doubtful.

To make it worse, following his late yellow card on Saturday, Gavin Swankie will miss the Ayr United fixture on May 5 through suspension.

However, Stephen Tulloch could return to the pool.

The away game to Stranraer, Forfar’s last away day of the season, is a must win to get back into the play-offs.

Campbell said: “It will be a tough game against Stranraer and it is all to play for.

“I’ll be going to watch them tonight (Tuesday) against Brechin City.

“But I am really struggling with injuries at the moment, I will only have 16 men to choose from.”

So far this season the Loons have had a good run against the Stair Park side.

At their last meeting in March at Station Park, Forfar recorded a 3-1 win with all three goals coming in the first half. Gavin Malin, Omar Kader and Chris Templeman all found themselves on the score sheet.

Their first meeting back in August saw another good result when Forfar recorded a 4-0 win but their last away game saw a result to forget when they left Stair Park after a 4-1 defeat.

Loons’ fans are hoping for a much better result than Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Second Division champions Queen of the South.

Despite having numerous chances Forfar failed to find the back of the net once while the visitors fired in four including a hat-trick from Nicky Clarke.

Campbell said: “I found it a strange result to be honest.

“They played Stenhousemuir earlier in the week and Stenhousemuir only had two chances but took both of them, then Queen of the South had about 10 chances and didn’t take any of them.”

Forfar are currently fifth in the Second Division just a point behind Arbroath.

Paul Sheerin’s side have an away day against Ayr United on Saturday and will be fighting hard to stay in their current fourth place position.

Forfar Athletic officials have made their club minibus available for the game.

The departure time will be 10 a.m. from the Myre Car Park and the cost is only £8 per person to cover costs.

Anyone interested in making the trip south to support Dick and his troops should contact Cameron Davidson on 07973 613 709.

Forfar’s last home game of the season will be next Saturday (May 4) against Ayr United at Station Park with a 3 p.m. kick-off.