Drogheda United have several injury concerns to contend with ahead of their clash with Galway United at Terryland Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.
United boss Alan Mathews may have to plan without Robbie Martin, Paul Crowley, Jamie Harris, Eoghan Osborne and Glen Fitzpatrick.
Otherwise Mathews has a full squad to choose from.
Looking ahead to the trip west, Mathews said: “There are many permutations; a win would see us go ahead of Galway. This shows how close certain teams are in the league.
“There is very little between the top four and then the following five are all close together.
“We will of course be looking to get three points on Friday night. We put in a good performance last week against Shamrock Rovers and didn’t get anything. I don’t feel the result reflected the performance.”
The Tribesmen will be looking to bounce back after a 1-0 defeat last Monday in a scrappy contest against Dundalk.
Gary Curran (knee) and Thomas Heary (knee) are both ruled out for Galway, however, Jason Molloy should be fit after a groin injury.
Manager Sean Connor said: "The two games the previous week caught up on us and we never got going. I had to rush back a couple of players who probably should not have featured against Dundalk.
"The rest during the week has helped us nurse back a few that were not fully fit and I can now call upon the services of Stephen O'Donnell after suspension.
“Jamie McKenzie is feeling better after his injury and Derek O'Brien has recovered from a stomach bug.”