Cook Russells up midfielder to reinforce Sligo's ranks

Aidan Fitzmaurice

SLIGO ROVERS have boosted their squad with the signing of former Ireland U19 cap John Russell from Galway United.

The midfielder will not be fit in time to make his debut in tonight's Premier Division game at home to Bohemians as Russell is recovering from an ankle injury, but his arrival is good news for Paul Cook as it offers the Sligo boss more options in midfield.

Sligo take on Bohs at the Showgrounds on the back of their worst run in some time as Rovers are without a win in six games in all competitions.

Bohs manager Pat Fenlon is eager for a win as the champions dropped to sixth in the table after last night's results which saw wins for UCD, St Pats and Shamrock Rovers, though Bohs do have two games in hand -- one of them in Sligo tonight -- and Bohs would join leaders St Pats and Dundalk on 24 points with wins from those two matches.

However, Bohs have some serious injury worries. Already without the suspended Gareth McGlynn, Bohs are having concerns over defenders Mark Rossiter, Conor Powell, Steven Gray, Ken Oman and Owen Heary.

Sligo recall Iarflaith Davoren after injury while Joseph Ndo should start against his former club.