Cork City will be looking to secure a place in the semi-finals of this year’s FAI Ford Cup when they take on St Patrick’s Athletic at Turner’s Cross tonight, kick-off 7.35pm.
Daryl Horgan is ruled out for City as he is cup-tied, while Stephen Mulcahy remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury.
City boss Tommy Dunne also has doubts over Neal Horgan, who missed the last game with a knee injury, and Gearoid Morrissey who picked up an ankle injury in the same game.
Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty will miss the tie with a back injury.
Dunne said: “Although we got a good result on the last occasion we met, St Pat’s will go into the game as favourites, so we are under no illusions as to how tough a game this will be.
“On Monday night, St Pat’s played against a Shamrock Rovers side who have qualified for the Europa League group stages and drew, and in fact could have won the game.
“We know what we are up against, but it is great for the club to be involved in big games like this, and we are looking forward to the tie.”
“This game offers us the opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the country, and that is an opportunity that all of us, players and staff, are looking forward to.”
Saints must plan without striker David McMillan who is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Shane Guthrie and Seán O'Connor are also ruled out as they are cup-tied.
St Pat’s boss Pete Mahon said: "We won't be making too many changes to the starting line-up as this is a very important game for us in terms of our season.
We've seen them quite a few times this season and they're a very good side who will be very difficult to beat.
"We've been playing well lately, though, and picking up good results so we'll go down knowing that we're in good form and that we can win the game."