WHAT have St Patrick's Athletic and Dave Langan got in common this weekend? Injuries and money, that's what, and more specifically the need to recover from the first and obtain the second.
Take Pat's first: they travelled to Berlin yesterday to prepare for Tuesday's UEFA Cup first round first leg against Hertha Berlin, leaving injury-struck duo Stephen Paisley and John Murphy behind, and hoping that the knocks sustained by Dave Rogers, Keith Fahey and Mark Quigley will heal in time.
On the money front, there was the news that a TV deal had been agreed with German company FDF, but the sum involved is not megabucks and will only ensure that all expenses for this tie are met. Setanta are also relaying coverage of Tuesday's game, which kicks-off at 5.0 (Irish time).
Manager John McDonnell remains upbeat about his injured warriors. Of Quigley, who limped out of Thursday's FAI Ford Cup 3-3 draw with Sporting Fingal, he said: "It was more the way he fell that caused the injury. He trained on Friday morning and there was not much reaction.
"Fortunately, the Morton Stadium has ice baths and (Fingal boss) Liam Buckley let us use them right away and that was good, especially with it being so close to the end of the game when Mark was injured."
McDonnell, who left earlier yesterday to take in Hertha's home game with Wolfsburg, is confident Rogers and Fahey will be fit to play.
On the matter of his team's preparation, he says: "We have them for three nights and we will drip-feed the information to them. It will be nothing too intense, just show them the good points and the weaknesses of Hertha so that when things happen during the game it's not new to them. That's the way we did it for Elfsborg and Olimps and it worked."
Pat's CEO Richard Sadlier is hoping his team can keep the tie alive for the second leg in the RDS on September 30. "We will make our money from the gate receipts," he explained, "and they will depend on the result in Berlin. It would be nice to test the 16,500 capacity."
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