Rovers without captain for trip to Inchicore

Sligo Rovers travel to Dublin on Friday to take on St Patrick’s Athletic in Richmond Park in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

The Bit O’ Red go into the game in eighth in the Premier Division, but with three wins and two draws from nine away games so far.

The teams met a month ago with St Pat’s winning 2-0.

In team news, Kyle Callan-McFadden will sit out the game due to concussion suffered in the game against Cork City. Gary Boylan is out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

Adam Morgan returns to the squad. New signing Mikey Drennan is ineligible until 1 July.

Gerard Lyttle said: “I thought we were the better side over the course of the game against Cork. We had a bad start which you can’t afford against a side of their class. But from 20 minutes onwards we were superior team, we had a goal harshly disallowed and hit the crossbar.

“The passing was excellent, we were quick to react throughout if we lost the ball and overall I thought it was a good sign of the progress we’ve made.

“Cork caught us for the second goal as will happen when you don’t take your chances. It’s a lesson we’ve learned on several occasions this season and one we are trying to address.

“St Pat’s play it the right way and they’re a similar side to Derry in that they are one of the best footballing teams in the league. Like us, they’ve been struggling a bit for goals. However, they are really strong at home and I think it’s only Cork that have beaten them there.

“We’re looking forward to it, it’s an interesting game for us to go there and play our game. It’s a good surface and it’ll be a good one for the supporters watching I think. We went to Derry and got the result even though they were doing well there.

“Adam comes back into the squad, we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for Mikey which is unfortunate but we’ll get on with that and go there with a good hand, ready to take them on and try to get another win on the road.”

Heading into the game off the back of four defeats, Saints’ manager Liam Buckley admitted  that his side are seeking a positive result to take into the mid-season break.

“We are looking for a change in fortune on Friday when we face Sligo. We have been a little unlucky with a few injuries and suspensions effecting us over the last few games. However we just have to get on with things and fight and hard as we can to get the points.”

“Sligo are a good team and have seen an upturn in results under Gerard Lyttle recently. We have had two really tough games against them this season so we are again expecting another difficult test on Friday night.”

In team news, the Saints are without the services of Kevin Toner and Thomas Byrne through suspension, while Liam Buckley will assess the fitness of Killian Brennan ahead of kick-off.

Christy Fagan remains out with a knee injury.