McLoughlin is an injury doubt for City's away game on Friday

McLoughlin is an injury doubt for City's away game on Friday
Cork City's Seán McLoughlin. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

DEFENDER Seán McLoughlin is Cork City’s main injury worry for Friday’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trip to Finn Harps.

McLoughlin was forced off during the second half of last week’s scoreless draw with Derry City at Turner’s Cross and assistant manager John Cotter admits that it’s not yet clear whether or not he will be passed fit for the game in Ballybofey.

“He’ll be touch and go, to be honest,” he said. He just felt the hamstring with about 20 minutes to go and he came off fairly quickly. It’s not anything major, I would think.

“Benno (Alan Bennett) is still out. Gearóid (Morrissey), he had a dead leg last week and it just irritated him during the game, so he’s being monitored.

“Garry Buckley’s and Karl Sheppard’s backs are at them so there are a few to be monitored. A lot of them could be due to the heavy conditions too but it’s still early in the week so we’ll see how they go.”

Bennett hasn’t featured since the home loss to Waterford on February 22, but Cotter is optimistic that he will be available again before too long. “Hopefully in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

“Benno is the ultimate professional, he looks after himself well, to be fair, that’s why he’s still playing.

“We’ve no doubt, with the way he looks after himself, that he’ll give himself a chance to be back sooner.”

City’s only league goals in four games to-date came in last week’s win at Sligo Rovers, but Cotter isn’t rushing to panic just yet. He’s convinced that hard work on the training ground will bring its rewards.

“We always do it, to be fair,” he said.

“As I said Friday night after the Derry match, sometimes maybe it just takes a stroke of luck for someone.

“I’ve no doubt that if the players and the staff and everyone keep working hard, it’ll come good for them.

“They’re too good a group of players and they’re working too hard, we see they’re such good lads every day at training and it will come good.

“Even the other night, we created a few chances and it’s just a matter of taking them.”

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