Jan 18 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
ALBION ROVERS are facing a suspension crisis for the trip to Irn-Bru Second Division leaders Cowdenbeath a week on Saturday.
Two key players will miss the Central Park clash after picking up their sixth league bookings of the season.
Striker John Gemmell received a caution which took him through the threshold in the 1-0 defeat to Stirling Albion at Cliftonhill.
And midfielder Tony Stevenson also collected a one-match ban after being flashed a yellow card on Saturday by referee Crawford Allan.
Bans kick in 14 days after the offences take place, which means Gemmell and Stevenson can feature in Rovers’ visit to Arbroath this weekend.
The pair will also be available for next Tuesday night’s rearranged visit to East Fife but must sit out the tie with the Blue Brazil.
Player/assistant manager Todd Lumsden is also walking a suspension tightrope.
The 33-year-old centre-back is currently sitting on five cautions – one away from a ban. The Coatbridge men have lost five of their last seven games and taken just four points from the last 18 on offer.
However, this Saturday’s opponents Arbroath have not won in any of their last six outings.
The Smokies are now eight points behind Cowdenbeath, albeit with a game in hand.