Ryan Curran’s proposed move to Coleraine is off.

The 20-year-old was on the verge of joining the Irish League side as a replacement for David McDaid, who recently left the Bannsiders to join Irish League champions Cliftonville.

However, due to the ongoing injury concerns surrounding Rory Patterson, Derry City boss Peter Hutton is keen to have back up, especially with an FAI Cup quarter-final at Drogheda United on the horizon.

Curran also provided a timely reminder to his boss of what he is capable of by scoring his first senior goal in over a year in the closing stages of Monday night’s 4-0 win in Limerick.

Curran will therefore be in contention to play some part in tomorrow night’s league game with St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell, as Hutton has revealed that Patterson is unlikely to feature.

“Rory is struggling with his back,” he revealed. “He will probably need a scan now to see if it is a disc problem or something else. We didn’t utilise Rory at Limerick but the bus journey back up stiffened it up even more.

“I would say he is extremely doubtful for St. Pat’s. It’s not looking good to be honest. Although he has improved a bit, he has had a bit of traction and I would doubt he’d be available for Friday. Apparently he had problems with his back last year but it wasn’t investigated to see what the source of the problem was. We can’t let it go on and not do anything about it now, so we need to do a bit more to find out the cause.”

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