Sligo Rovers keeper out for rest of season

Sligo Rovers have suffered another injury setback with confirmation from the club on Saturday that goalkeeper Luke McNicholas will be out of action for the remainder of the season through injury.

The Swinford native hurt his ankle during training with the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad in Dublin this week – and it’s been confirmed that he will miss the remainder of the season.

Ireland came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Israel in the first leg of their Euro 2023 play-off on Friday night.

The 22-year-old has returned to the Showgrounds, and won’t travel to Tel Aviv for Tuesday’s second-leg, with Ireland aiming to qualify for a first major tournament at U-21 level.

McNicholas became Rovers first choice keeper following the departure of Ed McGinty to English League 1 side Oxford United during the summer.

Rovers still have two goalkeepers in the first-team squad – veteran Richard Brush and Mayo teenager Conor Walsh.

Their next game is at home to Shamrock Rovers in the league next Saturday, October 1st (7:45pm).