Injury hit Rovers face tough Rosenborg tie
IT'S a case of the 'walking wounded' as Sligo Rovers prepare for Thursday night's Europa League Second Round First Leg tie against Rosenborg in Norway.
Influential winger Raffael Cretaro could be out for the rest of the season having torn his calf in the one-nil defeat to UCD last Sunday. Aaron Greene, Paul O'Connor, Evan McMillan, Kalen Spillane and John Russell also missed that game due to injuries. With his squad stretched to the limit, Manager John Coleman will conduct a number of fitness tests today, before Rovers fly out to Trondheim tomorrow, Wednesday, by special charter.
Coleman said: "It's not an ideal situation, but there is no point in moaning about it.
"We'll just have to see who is available."
Rosenborg have a wealth of European experience and are Norway's most successful club.
They've played 132 games in total in the old European Cup and Champions League.
Former Blackburn Rovers player Morten Gamst Pedersen is included in their team.
Despite the odds being stacked against them, Coleman said: "Yes, they are a good side, but we're going there to do a job. We're going to try to win the game, as we do all our games. It will be extremely tough, but we will be doing our best and let's see where it takes us."
Coleman has watched a number of videos of Rosenborg in action. He added: "They have some good players.
"They will be different to FK Banga in the last round."
Rovers have chartered a special plan to fly to Rosenborg's Trondheim base.
The travelling party will leave the Showgrounds at 7am tomorrow morning for Dublin.
They will train at the 22,000 Lerkendal Stadion at 7pm local time on Wednesday evening.
Kick-off is 6pm Irish time on Thursday.
There are still a number of seats available on the flight, at a cost of €590. Rovers return after the game.
Their scheduled Airtrcity League fixture with Bohemians has been postponed ahead of the return leg at the Showgrounds next Thursday. Rovers have announced new ticketing prices for the Second Leg. (Kick-Off 7pm).
It's €25 for the Treacy Avenue and Jink's Avenue stands and €10 for children in both. The age applicable for children's tickets has been increased from under-12 to under-16 in these stands. Tickets for the Volkswagen Bank end are reduced to €20, with €15 for students, the unwaged and OAP'S. Under-12s are €5.
Tickets are on sale at the Showgrounds between 10am and 5pm.