The Wanderers host St.Patricks Athletic at the Carlisle Grounds tomorrow night,kick off 7:45pm, still in the midst of an injury crisis although there is some good news.
Jake Kelly and Jake Ellis will both return to the match day squad for tomorrow evening’s visit of St Patrick’s Athletic to the Carlisle grounds, both player’s have taken a full part in training this week and Jake Ellis played 70mins for the 17s in their 2-1 win over Bohs in the Mark Farren cup on Wednesday evening.
Still ruled out through injury will be long term absentees Hugh Douglas, Andy McGovern and John Sullivan, while both Aaron Green and Rhys Gorman have started light jogging this week and it looks like both could be eyeing a return just after the mid season break. Another player looking to return after the mid season break is Darragh Noone who is recovering from a broken metatharsal injury. Dylan Hayes who suffered a tear in his hamstring last Friday evening in the game away to Dundalk faces between 4-6 weeks out. Aaron Dillon who has a back injury has returned to Blackburn Rovers and Ronan Coughlan will serve a 1 match suspension tomorrow evening having picked up 5 yellow cards this season.
Cartaker manager Graham Kelly looking forward to tomorrow’s evenings game had this to say: “We look forward to welcoming St Pats to the carlisle grounds tomorrow evening for what no doubt will be another tough game. Having played St Pat’s 3 times already this season (2 League, 1 Cup) we know they are a really good team that keep the ball really well. Liam has a good blend of youth and experience to choose from and has quality players all over the pitch. We have looked back on the dvd of their game with Cork last weekend and although the game finished 3-1 to Cork it was a much closer game than the scoreline suggests.
From our own point of view we approach tomorrow nights game with a positive attitude, training has been good this week and our recent home form has shown signs of improvement with the 2-1 win over Derry and the 2-2 draw with Waterford, Tomorrow night’s game will be our 6th game in 21 days which is a big ask for our small and very young squad but we again go into the game looking for another good performance and hopefully we get a positive result and some much needed points.
Finally I have to say a special thank you to our fans who as always have shown great support to the team in what was 3 difficult away games against Cork, Derry and Dundalk. We all know how big an ask it is to travel to Cork, Derry and Dundalk in the space of 7 days but to see you there supporting the team was fantastic and I know how much the player’s and all the management team appreicated it.
Also the messages of support and well wishes for Andy McGovern have been a great boost to him. Having spoken with Andy earlier today he was in good spirits and keeping positive, Andy received a very nice text message from Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman earlier this week offering his best wishes and any advice he can give Andy to help him on his road to recovery. Club physio Glauber Barduzzi was working with the Rep of Ireland senior team in France on Monday evening and once Coleman heard about Andy’s injury he took it upon himself to get Andy’s number and get in touch, I think it goes without saying this just shows the true professional and great person that Seamus Coleman is.”