Baker a doubt for Hoops

Shamrock Rovers can go top of the table with victory over St Patrick's Athletic at Tallaght Stadium tonight (kick-off: 8pm).

Shamrock Rovers can go top of the table with victory over St Patrick's Athletic at Tallaght Stadium tonight (kick-off: 8pm).

Dessie Baker is the only doubt for the Hoops as he is struggling with an Achilles injury, while Pat Sullivan remains sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Hoops boss Michael O’Neill said: “It’s as we were ahead of the game on Friday night. Dessie wasn’t ready for that one, but we’ll look at him again; there’s a chance he could make it.

“There is no doubt that this is a big game for us. Pat’s have done excellent so far this season. But we went to Inchicore earlier in the season and got an impressive win.

“They also won in Tallaght, so the away team has had the upper hand so far this season, but we’ll be looking to change that on Monday night.

“This is a chance for us to go top of the league, and we’ll be doing our utmost to be there at the end of the 90 minutes.”

Shane Guthrie returns from suspension to bolster the centre of the St Pat’s defence, although Damian Lynch is a doubt as he is carrying an injury.

Garrett Coughlan (leg) remains on the long-term injury list while Neil Harney is ruled out with an ankle injury

New signing Danny North could be in line to start after coming on as a sub in Friday’s win over Galway.

Saints boss Pete Mahon will be hoping Derek Doyle can maintain his goalscoring form after knocking in a hat-trick at Richmond Park on Friday.

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