Hegarty back for Harps

Finn Harps welcome Shamrock Rovers to Finn Park in tonight’s eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash, kick-off 8.00pm.

Finn Harps welcome Shamrock Rovers to Finn Park in tonight’s eircom League of Ireland Premier Division clash, kick-off 8.00pm.

Finn Harps manager Paul Hegarty returns to the dugout after a four-game ban.

Long-term absentees Jonathan Minnock and Gary Beckett remain out for Harps.

Beckett is not far off playing his first game for Harps as he is close to full fitness.

Hegarty said: “We have a chance on Friday on home turf to end the first third on a winning note after a run that has seen us slip down the table."

"But it is still early days yet and we have plenty of time to get the show back on the road – starting against Rovers."

For Rovers, Chris Mulhall (cartilage), Darren Stapleton (thigh), John Martin (hip), Robbie Creevy (ankle) and Pat Flynn (ankle) remain sidelined.

Tadhg Purcell and Danny O'Connor face fitness tests.

Hoops boss Pat Scully said: "Chris is still recovering, John's seeing a specialist, while the others will be out for a few weeks.

"We're hoping Tadhg and Danny will be okay for Friday.

"Tadhg hurt his ankle and hasn't trained all week but could be fit to play against Finn Harps.

"Danny missed last week's game due to ankle bruising but he should be okay for Friday."

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