Shane Duggan returns to the City squad after suspension, but Greg O’Halloran continues to be troubled by a hamstring injury, while there are also doubts about Neal Horgan (knee) Kalen Spillane (calf) and Cathal Lordan (hamstring).
“We have a number of injury concerns, so it’s important we manage the squad as best we can,” said manager Tommy Dunne.
“Athlone are tricky opposition as we know already from our two meetings with them. From our side of things, we need to make sure that the tempo of our game is good and we need to ensure that we do not become careless or complacent.
“In the last two games, Athlone have been well-organised and tight defensively which gives them an opportunity to get a result, as they did in our first meeting. We need to start well and move the ball around, but we also need to show patience as we did in the game against Wexford recently. It’s a game we need to win, and regardless of when the opportunity arises, whether it’s in the third minute or the 90th, we need to be ready to take it.”
Athlone Town go into the game having ended a run of five defeats last weekend when they overcame Salthill Devon 3-1 in Drom. Assistant Manager Padraig Moran said: “We have nothing to lose against Cork. We can have a real go at them and give them a bit of a scare.” Kick off in Athlone Town Stadium this evening is at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, Cork City have also confirmed that tickets for the club’s EA Sports Cup Final against Derry City on September 24 (kick off 6pm) will be go sale next week. Tickets will be priced at €15 for adults and there will be a limited number of tickets for Under 16’s priced at €5. With a big attendance expected, the club had advised supporters to buy early to ensure a preferred place in the ground.