Peterhead boss Jim McInally today revealed he is facing an injury crisis ahead of next month’s play-offs.
The Blue Toon lost 5-1 away to relegation threatened Brechin City in their first game following their Challenge Cup final defeat to Rangers.
However, McInally was more concerned about his squad’s prospects heading into their play-off semi-final double-header against Ayr United in early May.
Rory McAllister (groin), Ryan Strachan (groin), Simon Ferry (knee) and Ally Gilchrist (pelvis) all took no part in the game at Glebe Park, while Scott Ross limped off with a groin problem after just 18 minutes.
McInally revealed the poor playing surface at Hampden Park the previous week had hampered injuries the quintet had been carrying.
On-loan St Johnstone defender Gilchrist looks set to be ruled out for the rest of the season, while fellow centre-back Ross may also not return this term.
“They had all been carrying injuries and they all got worse in the final against Rangers,” McInally said.
“Ally Gilchrist will be out for the season now.
“Scott Ross is also looking like he could be out that long as well, which is pretty grim.
“It has just come at the worst possible time.
“However, we are hopeful that Rory McAllister will be fit for this weekend.”