Riley: We’ll be better when injuries clear

Belfast Giants captain Blair Riley reckons his team will be much improved once their treatment room clears up.

 

Adam Keefe’s side missed seven players last week – six through injury – but still came away from a two-game trip to Scotland with four points on the board.

 

And as they prepare to return for another two-game Scottish odyssey this weekend with a few still counted out, Riley insists the team are progressing well.

 

“Obviously we knew this would be a tough stretch for us, based on the travel schedule, plus the way the injuries have piled up, it’s made it that more difficult,” he said.

 

“We found a way to get two road wins last week and while we were happy to get the results, obviously we want to get some bodies back for this next stretch coming up.

 

“We’re getting close to having some guys back and I believe we’ll be better team as a result of this spell as we get towards Christmas.

 

“Adversity brings teams together and we’d prefer not to go through this kind of stretch.  But it’s better to have it happen now that nearer the end of the season and the play-offs.

 

“Any trip to Scotland is difficult for teams and you hear from any interview from players over the last couple of years about the depth of the league and no easy games.

 

“We play well at home, but those trips over to Scotland are always difficult and we go to Dundee then Fife, which is a smaller venue where the fans are right on top of you.

 

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and are hopeful of getting a couple of good results.”

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