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Patterson dropped by Bannsiders for disciplinary breach

Rory Patterson
Patterson made his Northern Ireland debut against Albania on 3 March

Coleraine striker Rory Patterson has been left out of the squad for Tuesday's crunch league game at Dungannon for disciplinary reasons.

Bannsiders bossed David Platt confirmed to BBC Sport that Patterson would not be involved in the league game.

The action is believed to have been taken following an incident in Friday's league defeat by Portadown.

Platt agreed that he had made a "massive call" but said that he had been left with "little option".

The Bannsiders are fighting for a place in the top half of the Premiership table with both Swifts and Portadown with just two games left to play before the split.

It's thought the catalyst for the action was an incident involving Patterson and another Coleraine player in last weekend's game.

The Coleraine boss wouldn't be drawn on whether Patterson would be back in the panel for the Co-op Cup final on Saturday against Glentoran - the team with which Patterson has signed a pre-contract agreement for next season.

"I am only thinking about the game at Dungannon and trying to get Coleraine into the top six," added Platt.

"I'll look at the situation regarding Rory and start thinking about the Cup final after the game at Stangmore Park."

Patterson has had a tremendous season for Coleraine and earned his first Northern Ireland cap in the recent friendly against Albania in Tirana.

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see also
Patterson set for Glentoran move
23 Jan 10 |  Irish
Patterson lands top player award
04 Dec 09 |  Irish
Glentoran 0-6 Coleraine
07 Nov 09 |  Irish

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