St Patrick's Athletic play the last of their three-game road trip tomorrow (Tuesday) when they travel to Terryland Park to take on Galway United. (kick off: 7.45 pm)
The Saints have taken six points from six in their back to back away games against Dundalk and Drogheda United and will be hoping to make it 13 league games unbeaten against a Galway side who have struggled for victories this season.
Long term absentee Conor Kenna has returned to training after a near four month spell out with a knee injury.
He will miss tomorrow's game as will Derek Pender who continues to receive treatment for a foot injury sustained against Crumlin United in the FAI Cup.
Also missing is Ian Bermingham who is serving a one match suspension.
Pete Mahon has doubts over Brian Shortall (virus), Dave Mulcahy (knee) and Derek Doyle though all are likely to be available.
Shortall has been unwell for a number of days but returned to training yesterday.
Dave Mulcahy picked up a knee injury in the Derry City game that suffered a reaction against Drogheda on Friday where he was withdrawn as a precaution.
Derek Doyle suffered a cut on the artificial surface in Dundalk last week and despite playing on Friday in Drogheda, this has flared up over the weekend.
“This will be a tough oul match that we will have to approach with caution. Galway have to win a game sometime and we have to try and make sure that it's not tomorrow.
“We're heading into the third round of the league now and I have a set number of points in my head that I'd like us to reach that would put us in with a great chance going into the last series of games.
“That's a long way away though and I have no problem using the old cliché that we'll take every game as it comes starting tomorrow in Galway.
“We have a few injuries and few knocks but we've seen over the past few weeks that we have players that can come in and do a job for us when other lads are out.
“Ian Daly hadn't played a lot of football up until last week and he's done well for us in the last couple of games, even playing on the right against Drogheda when Daryl (Kavanagh) moved inside.
“Anto Murphy also had an impact on the game in Drogheda when he came on so he'll be looking at starting tomorrow aswell.
“We don't know how we'll be fixed tomorrow as there's been a bit of a virus going around so I'll do what I always do and wait until lunch time tomorrow to pick the starting eleven.”
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