TWO youths charged with inflicting a head-stamping attack on a 14-year-old boy to his severe injury in Greenock won't stand trial before a jury until nearly two years after the alleged serious assault.

The alleged attackers — who were aged 14 and 15 at the time of the claimed incident in March 2019 — cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Because of Covid restrictions still in place at the sheriff court, trials for cases where there are multiple accused cannot yet be fixed.

The pair are charged with punching and knocking the other boy to the ground on McLeod Street.

Both teenagers have maintained pleas of not guilty at the sheriff court through lawyers Aidan Gallagher and Gerry Keenan.

A further pre-trial calling of the case has been set for November 9.