Team news for Cork City game

Sligo Rovers welcome Cork City to The Showgrounds on Saturday night in The Showgrouns in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

The Bit O’ Red go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Derry City and three clean sheets on the bounce.

In team news Gary Boylan was today ruled out for the reason of the season and part of 2019 after confirmation of an anterior cruciate ligament injury.  

Adam Morgan is ruled out with an abdominal problem. He could return before the mid-season break as he is edging towards a return, but next week's game against St Pat's may come too soon. Regan Donelon returns from an ankle injury and Jack Keaney and John Mahon are back from suspension.

Gerard Lyttle said: “Cork are at the top of the table at the moment and their form has been terrific. They score goals, concede very few and have a huge amount of talent in their squad.

“This is a great test for us. We’ve had a few clean sheets which was something we wanted and last week we created chances to go on and win the game. The lads have taken a lot of confident from it and they’re very positive. We felt last week's display was coming. It lifted us but it's just three points. 

“Our away form is up there with the best but at home it has been the opposite and we have to change that. It’s going to be difficult, no doubt about that, but we’re looking for another big performance.

“In the two games so far we didn’t deserve to lose in the manner we did after sharing much of the play in The Shoiwgrounds and we were beaten late on in the away game.

“It’s up to us to produce 90 minutes with concentration and put the focus on ourselves. I think we’re good enough to get at Cork and it’d be great to get the fans behind us and give them something to cheer in The Showgrounds because for whatever reason the results have only really been coming on the road. That’s the target for us.”

He added on Gary Boylan:  “It’s very hard to take for him. It’s the worst news and the one we feared. He has just found out in the last day or two and it has to sink in.

“It’s a long one because of the severity of the injury and it’ll be into next year before he can look at returning to football.

“I spoke to him last night and it’s a long road ahead. There is more to come from Gary too so that’s why it’s so tough to take. We obviously wish him the speediest and best recovery possible. He is a great lad and a popular one and he’ll get great support from the lads.”

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