KARL Sheppard, Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett and Gearóid Morrissey are the injury doubts as Cork City return to league action with tonight’s trip to face Dundalk at Oriel Park (7.35pm).
Having had a week off, City were back in training this week – CIT was used as preparation for Dundalk’s 4G pitch – and, while that quartet will be assessed, manager John Caulfield is optimistic that they will be passed fit.
“We are back in after the break this week and all looking forward to the game,” he says.
“We have a few knocks and bruises, but we would hope that most players would be ok. We will certainly give them all every chance to be available, right up to kick-off.” City go into the game a point ahead of the Lilywhites at the top of the table, with the sides’ two previous meetings having resulted in one win each, a 1-0 home victory in each case.
“We know it will be a very tough, intense game,” Caulfield says.
“Games between the two teams have been really close over the last few years, and we expect nothing different this time around. Like we always do, we are going there to try and win the match.
“Over the last number of years, we have had some really good results there, but we know we need to be at our best tomorrow. We know that, if we perform to our best, then we feel we can get the points.” City won their previous seven league games before the break, but Caulfield doesn’t expect that to have interrupted their momentum.
“I think it is a good game for us, coming back from the break,” he says.
“A lot of the lads did work themselves over the break, and their physical condition is excellent. Training has been excellent all week; since last Sunday, everyone has been on the button and ready to go, and that’s the way we need it to be.”