Full-strength Hoops to face Dundalk

Full-strength Hoops to face Dundalk

With no injury worries for the third game in succession, Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill has a full-strength squad to call on ahead of tonight's game against Dundalk at Oriel Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

O’Neill said: “Given that we’ve such a crowded fixture list at the moment it’s a bonus that we have everyone fit and available – it also helps to add an extra edge to training.

“This is quite a busy time as between last Friday’s game against Drogheda United and next Monday’s at home to Kildare County, we’ll have played four times in 11 days.

“Having so many games in such a short space of time also means that we’re getting to know a lot more about each other and how the season is shaping up for us.”

For Dundalk, Thomas Heary was injured against Sligo Rovers and is rated as doubtful for tonight.

Michael McGinlay suffered an ankle injury in a friendly against Dungannon last Tuesday and is almost certainly out of contention, while Declan O'Brien is also a doubt having missed the Sligo match.

Michael Collins remains sidelined as his transfer is reviewed by FIFA.

Sean Connor must watch the game from the stand as part of his four-match touchline suspension.

Connor said: "We produced a decent performance in Sligo. Kept our shape well and worked hard. The difference was that we had some luck unlike in some of our other games this season.

“It was frustrating to be up in the stand for the game but myself and Joe had done all our planning and went through a number of contingency plans.

“The win put us on six points and I think we are progressing well as a team.

“Shamrock Rovers is another huge match and I am expecting another full house at Oriel Park for this game. I am sure that 20 years ago this would have been a top of the table clash and that, like myself here at Dundalk, Michael O'Neill has plans to bring Shamrock Rovers back to the top of Irish football.”

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