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Ndo set for first start of the season

SLIGO ROVERS hope to hand star midfielder Joseph Ndo his first start of the season away to Portadown in the Setanta Sports Cup tonight, Sligo already with one foot in the semi-final having won 3-0 in the home leg.

The ex-Cameroon international has been battling a calf injury all season but made an appearance as a late sub in Friday's league win over Galway United and Rovers boss Paul Cook could use tonight's game in Portadown as an opportunity for Ndo to work on his match fitness ahead of their next league game, at home to St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday.

However, striker Raff Cretaro will be out for two weeks after suffering an injury in training.

Rovers 'keeper Ciaran Kelly says that Sligo will stay focused for their cross-border trip despite holding that 3-0 lead.

"It is just another game for us. Whether it is a first leg, second leg or whatever, we will go out and look to play to our best. A three-goal lead is irrelevant; we just have to approach it in a normal fashion," Kelly stated.

PORTSMOUTH are considering a bid for Ireland U21 keeper Stephen Henderson after a successful spying mission on the player.

Henderson is currently on loan from Bristol City to League One side Yeovil Town, and the keeper has made a big impression despite the club's struggles, as Yeovil try to stay out of the relegation zone.

The 22-year-old is out of contract with Bristol City in the summer and the Championship club have offered him a new contract.

But Henderson has grown frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities at the club, starting just three league games since joining them from Aston Villa in 2007 and has spent time on loan to York, Weymouth, Wycombe and Aldershot as well as Yeovil.