Cork City welcome Sligo Rovers to Turner's Cross for tonight's eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash, kick-off 7.45pm.
City will also be looking to avenge the 4-1 defeat they suffered to Rovers in the Showgrounds earlier in the season, their heaviest defeat of the season to date.
Manager Damien Richardson is aware of the importance of the game, the three points are a must if City are to remain in the hunt.
City's Colm Carroll (cruciate knee ligament) will not be involved as he remains sidelined by injury, although he has now returned to light training.
Joe Gamble (ankle) has also been ruled out, while Darren Murphy (ankle) is also out after suffering a nasty injury in last week’s draw with St Pat's.
Seán Kelly is suspended following his red card in the same fixture, while Richardson also has doubts over John O’Flynn (hamstring), Billy Woods (calf) and Darragh Ryan (abdominal muscle) who will undergo fitness tests in advance of the game.
“Sligo handed us our heaviest defeat of the season so far in the Showgrounds, and there is only one way to get over that," said Richardson.
"For the sake of our personal pride, and for the three points on offer, it is important that we turn in a good performance and get the win we need.”
Sligo will be looking to maintain their recent good form as they try to move into contention for the European places in the table.
Tommy Arcaba is the only absentee for Rovers, the keeper is recovering from elbow surgery.
The two new players at the club, Derby County’s James Meredith and former Australian under-21 international Matthew Gordon from Marconi FC may also feature at some stage.