Eircom League Premier Division bottom club Dublin City will throw teenage new boy Chris Deans into the fray at Dalymount Park tonight when they take on Bohemians (7.45pm).
The striker, capped by Ireland at Under-19 level, was signed by manager John Gill after failing to make inroads into the Derby County first team and he goes straight into the Vikings’ depleted squad to face Bohs.
City, knocked out of the League Cup at the quarter-final stage by Longford Town at Flancare Park in midweek, have Barry Burke suspended for tonight’s game having collected four penalty points while goalkeeper Robbie Horgan is a doubt to play as he has a wrist injury.
Already ruled out are defenders Derek Griffin and Thomas McGauley as well as midfielders Paul Crowley and Ray Scully.
Fifth-placed Bohemians, meanwhile, have to make plans for life without captain Kevin Hunt, who has a hamstring problem, Stephen Ward and Paul McNally, who sits tonight’s game out with a groin strain.
Bohs boss Stephen Kenny will give fitness tests to Dave Morrison (groin), Bobby Ryan (calf) and Damien Lynch (knee) but is not hopeful they will be fit to play.
Definitely starting however is Glen Crowe, the Republic of Ireland international striker who notched up his his 100th league goal for Bohs in the last 2-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers last Saturday afternoon.