Stirling V Queens Park at Forthbank Stadium : Match Preview
31 August 2012 04:36
Stirling hopeful on Allison and Ashe
Stirling will hand fitness tests to Brian Allison and Danny Ashe ahead of their clash against Queens Park as they look to get back to winning ways after two successive defeats.
Striker Bradley Coyne has been ruled out long-term and Shaun Fagan is not yet ready to return, with manager Greig McDonald also unsure if expectant father Jamie McCunnie will be available.
McDonald does have a nice selection problem as well, he said: "We won against Alloa in a Stirlingshire Cup tie in midweek and some of the players that night did their chances of playing in this game no harm at all.
"Queens will be buoyant after beating Dundee so we will need to get our sleeves rolled up and put on a good performance."
Queens Park have doubts over midfielder Michael Keenan as they head to Forthbank for the first time in over three-and-a-half years.
Keenan picked up a knock in Wednesday's 2-1 League Cup success over Clydesdale Bank Premier League side Dundee.
The experienced Tony Quinn is also struggling to make the trip due to a hamstring problem.
Speaking about Keenan and Quinn, head coach Gardner Speirs said: "I have not written off the chances of either of them playing as they are both hardy characters.
"This is the last game before the international break and you never want to go into one of them having been beaten.
"The players were on a high after Wednesday but a Thursday night training session got their minds refocused."