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Karl Sheppard and Conor McCormack during training. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Karl Sheppard and Conor McCormack during training. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
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City captain McCormack back in squad to face St Pat’s

CAPTAIN Conor McCormack is set to come back into the Cork City side for tonight’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trip to Richmond Park to face St Patrick’s Athletic (7.45pm).

The midfielder was forced off late in last Friday’s win over Bray Wanderers with an ankle injury and was an unused sub against Limerick on Monday, but manager John Caulfield expects to have him available.

“We have a few knocks,” he said.

“Conor McCormack, who was on the bench on Monday, his ankle has settled down so he should be back in contention.

“Alan Bennett should come back in, Shane Griffin had a knock the other night but we’ll wait and see. Steven Beattie had a knock, Gearóid is another one that should come back in.

“It’s one of those where we played two hard games last weekend, the weather has changed, a lot of extra energy being used with the warm weather.

“We’ll gauge things up until Friday afternoon, but I’d hoping that most of the guys would come through.” 

Having won four games in a row, fifth-placed Pat’s lost 3-0 against Shamrock Rovers on Monday. Nevertheless, Liam Buckley’s side are likely to take a positive approach against the champions, meaning that Caulfield has had to tailor his preparations compared to a game against a team that would sit back.

“It’s a different challenge,” he said.

“You do a different type of preparation compared to last week’s games, where we expected the opposition to sit in so your training sessions are geared differently.

“In those situations, you structure it on what you’re going to do to break teams down, obviously with Pat’s it’ll be totally different because they will have a go, they’re a very attacking team.

“We looked at what they’re very strong at, because you have to be prepared for that, but at the same time you need to look at the areas you can exploit and cause trouble.

“It has been difficult in a short week, it’s great Friday-to-Friday because it gives you three or four days to prepare but after Monday you’re in recovery and bodies are tired so it’s harder to do the intense work you want to do.”