Sligo Rovers attacker Lewis Morrison has been ruled out for four to six weeks with an ankle ligament injury.
The Scottish striker picked up the injury in the 1-0 defeat of Galway United in the EA Sports Cup on Monday.
He will miss tomorrow’s league game at home to Derry City as a result, but Rovers boss Gerard Lyttle should have an otherwise full strength squad at his disposal for the game.
The Bit O’ Red defeated City 2-1 in an earlier fixture and had a first clean sheet of the season against Galway on Monday.
Manager Gerard Lyttle said: “It was good to get the win on Monday and it has been part of a good build-up to this game. “We battled for the clean sheet and Shane Keegan said it was Galway’s best performance of the year so we had to dig in. We got the result, yet could have played a lot better, but we focused and concentrated to keep the clean sheet which was a big thing. “We’ve lost games in the league where we’ve been pleased with the performance. Nobody has been outplaying us so the points tally is something we’re not happy with. But we know that through hard work, and more hard work, that more points will come soon.
“This is a great test against Derry, we have a good record against them. We want to make it difficult like we did in the first game and attack them. Derry took their chances against St Pat’s last week and I’m sure St Pat’s were disappointed because they had a lot of the play and were the better team. It shows the fine margins and teams that take their opportunities will win games.”
During the week David Cawley was voted Wehrly Bros Jewellers Player of the Month with Adam Morgan a very close runner-up. Lyttle said: “David has been outstanding and shown what a top player he is. He certainly deserves accolades because his performances all season have been superb. “Adam has also been excellent and has done his job – we have to get more from an attacking point of view in terms of delivery and the players in support of him. We will be without Lewis for a few weeks but we have a lot of good players waiting to come in.”