Cawley out for Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers welcome Dundalk to Tallaght Stadium for this afternoon’s Airtricity League Premier Division clash, kick-off 3.45pm.

Shamrock Rovers welcome Dundalk to Tallaght Stadium for this afternoon’s Airtricity League Premier Division clash, kick-off 3.45pm.

Dundalk travel to Dublin without influential midfielder Alan Cawley. The former UCD and Bray Wanderers play-maker suffered a triple fracture of the cheekbone in last Sunday’s game with Drogheda and will undergo an operation on Monday.

Cawley is set to be sidelined for the next six to eight weeks.

For Rovers, Gary Twigg (calf) and Dessie Baker (broken arm) remain sidelined, while James Chambers and Danny Murphy are suspended.

On a positive note for manager Michael O’Neill, defensive duo Aidan Price and Pat Sullivan return from suspension.

O’Neill said: “We’re as we were with Dessie and Gary both out for another few weeks.

“Once again we have a couple of suspensions but everyone else is fine and available.

“The players know that they have to do better. We’ve got a good and strong group of players here and we’ll be looking for the right kind of reaction from them against Dundalk.

“They’ve (Dundalk) had a good start to the season, and they’ve brought in a lot of new players who will all be looking to establish themselves and impress Ian Foster. It’ll be a tough game.

“There was a big crowd at our game on Tuesday and we let them down. We let ourselves down, and we have to address that. The only way to get over it is to go and play, and play better.”

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