Hoops captain out for Galway clash

Hoops captain out for Galway clash

Shamrock Rovers can push six points clear at the top of the table with victory over Galway United at Tallaght Stadium tonight, kick-off 8pm.

Dan Murray remains out of action for the Hoops as the skipper is still struggling with a knee injury, while Sean O’Connor has also been ruled out with a knee injury.

Paddy Kavanagh and Billy Dennehy are both unavailable as they are serving suspensions.

Long-term absentee Pat Sullivan has started light training, but is still not expected to be available before the end of the season.

Hoops boss Michael O’Neill said: “I was delighted with how things went in last week’s game; it was a great reaction from the lads. But because of that, Galway will be hurting coming back here, and they will be out to do their utmost to cause an upset. They will want to make it difficult for us.

“No two games are the same, and while the players did very well last week, we have to take this match on its own merits.

“Every game between now and the end of the season will be huge for us, and the lads are treating each game like that. They have been working hard in training and are very focused.

“It was good to have Dessie (Baker) back as we’ve not had much of him this year because of injury. Dessie can be a very important player for us between now and the end of the season. You could see that when he came on last week. His quality was obvious. It’s good to have him back for the run-in.”

Galway played most of last Friday's 6-0 defeat to Rovers with ten after Barry Ryan's dismissal. And as a result of Ryan’s suspension, Daire Geraghty is expected to replace the United captain in goal.

Influential midfielder Stephen O'Donnell is also suspended so Ciaran Foley should make his return and replace O'Donnell.

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