HAWICK LINDEN are facing an injury crisis ahead of tonight’s mouth-watering derby match against the Quins.
The Volunteer Park outfit are without Nathan Murray who has a hamstring injury and Chris Telfer is expected to be sidelined for some time with a serious knee injury.
Their problems got worse at training this week when Terry Skeet fractured his ankle, while captain Barry Sutherland is recovering from a bout of food poisoning.
The 26-year-old only returned to work yesterday still suffering the effects of a chicken dinner last Saturday.
He told the Hawick News: “I’ve still got it today (Thursday) but I’m going to work and the doctors so I have the best chance of playing.
“I wouldn’t like to miss out but we’ve got talent in the backs that would easily step in and do the job.”
The Linden are coming off the back of an emphatic win over Ross High, but they will need to be at their best if they are to take anything from the Quins, who are unbeaten and perched proudly at the top of East League Division 2.
However, despite their tremendous start to the campaign, Quins captain Ross Anderson stressed they are still the underdogs ahead of the eagerly anticipated match-up at Mansfield Park.
The 23-year-old, who missed last week’s win at Earlston because of injury, said: “This will be the biggest match of the year. We’re sitting top of the league and everyone’s looking to bring us down.
“But Linden will be favourites having come down from the league above, and it will be a close game.”
With Hawick, the YM, Wanderers and PSA all due to play tomorrow, it is hoped a large crowd will turn out to watch the Quins and Linden do battle this evening.
And Anderson is confident supporters won’t go home disappointed.
He added: “I can’t wait. There should be a good crowd at Mansfield as there’s no other rugby on that nigh.
“There are always friendly rivalries in games between two Hawick teams, and that will be no different against the Linden.”