Derry suffered a 1-0 home defeat by Shelbourne in their last game before the mid-season break. Cork trail Derry by four points and showed their improving strength with a 1-1 draw at Shamrock Rovers last time out.
The Candystripes have a poor record at Turner’s Cross, not having won a league game there in 12 years
Cork’s Danny Murphy returns from suspension but John Dunleavy is banned. Shane O’Connor is out (arm injury), while Dan Murray (groin) remains sidelined although Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan are all back in training.
Derry are without suspended Shane McEleney and Barry Molloy. Stewart Greacen returns from injury while Ryan McBride and Ruaidhri Higgins face fitness tests. Kevin Deery and Mark Farren are out through injury.
Cork boss Tommy Dunne said: “If we can start the game well, I think we’ll give ourselves an opportunity to win the game.
Derry boss Declan Devine said: “Cork is a tough place to go but we won there in the EA Sports Cup final last year. That league record has to end sometime and there is no reason why it can’t happen now.”
Drogheda United play host to Bray Wanderers with boss Mick Cooke hoping to see his side go into the top two in the Premier Division. The Louth men are without the suspended Eric Foley while Jack Flynn and Chris Kerr have both left the club.
Bray have a doubt over Jonathon Kelty (shin) while Sean Hurley has joined the squad.
St Patrick’s Athletic welcome Dublin rivals Bohemians to Richmond Park looking for the three points to put the pressure on leaders Sligo Rovers, who have a free weekend.
For the Saints, Mark Rossiter is still out with a knee injury while James Chambers could return following an eight-week layoff with a knee injury. Bohs are without suspended Evan McMillan but Owen Heary returns.
UCD can move off the bottom with victory over Dundalk at the Belfield Bowl. The Oriel Park outfit are just two points clear of College and know the team that finishes bottom will face a promotion/relegation play-off with the First Division runners-up.
College are without trio Ger Barron (foot), Sean Russell (back) and Graham Rusk (knee). Daniel Ledwith is suspended.
Dundalk’s Stephen McDonnell is banned.
* Robbie Keane has no intention of retiring from international football despite criticism during Euro 2012. That’s the opinion of his cousin, Bray striker Jason Byrne.
“I don’t think it has even come into Robbie’s reckoning that he is going to retire. He still has a lot to give and I think you’ll see him in a green shirt for another few years,” said Byrne.
Byrne, 33, was yesterday named Airtricity Soccer Writers’ Player of the Month for May after 11 goals this season which brings his tally in the domestic game to 190 — second only to legendary Finn Harps striker Brendan Bradley.