Struggling Finn Harps fear that goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher could be out for a lengthy spell.

The 27-year-old netminder was taken off during Friday’s 3-0 defeat in Dundalk after colliding with Lilywhites strikers Pat Hoban.

But the scale of his injury may not be known until Tuesday.

“We need to get Ciaran a scan but unfortunately we will not be able to get it until after the Bank Holiday,” Harps boss Ollie Horgan revealed.

“He’s a problem with his shoulder. It’s not dislocated but it is hard to know.”

But he fears that Gallagher could be out for “quite some time”.

Horgan was also unhappy with referee Rob Harvey in relation to the incident.

“For the referee not to banish a yellow card for it is beyond me,” he said.

“When you are down probably the decisions and injuries go against you,” he said.

Harps face St. Pat’s on Monday and Peter Burke will take up the post between the sticks.

The Donegal native – who was on Sunderland’s books as a teenager – certainly hasn’t let Harps down in his limited appearances for the club.

Last season he was one of the heroes in the play-offs when he deputised for the injured Gallagher.

And the former Irish under-17 and under-19 goalkeeper played in Harps’ first five games this season – including a scoreless draw with St. Pat’s in Inchicore.

That was Harps’ only clean sheet of the season.

Horgan would dearly love to see that again on Monday, as the Finn Park outfit continue their search for a first league win of the Premier Division campaign.

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