THE TIMING of a knee ligament injury to right winger Gareth McGlynn at the recent Dublin Super Cup, which will sideline him for up to six weeks, could scarcely have been worse for Derry City.
The club’s influential left winger James McClean said his goodbyes at Derry on Wednesday before training with new club Sunderland yesterday following his €400,000 move to the Stadium of Light.
Stephen Kenny’s reshaped team has its first major test when St Patrick’s Athletic visit the Brandywell tonight. “The loss of both James and Gareth has given us a few problems at what is a crucial stage of the season, but it’s all about how we respond to their absence,” said Kenny whose side are second in the table on goal difference in a three-way tie at the top with leaders Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers.
A win tonight will put Derry top prior to Sligo meeting Bohemians at the Showgrounds tomorrow night.
While Derry have no other injury or suspension worries, St Patrick’s are without banned pair, goalkeeper Gary Rogers and midfielder Shane McFaul, who were both sent off in their 2-2 draw with UCD last Sunday but leading scorer Danny North returns from suspension.
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