Wednesday 17 January 2018

Cretaro to line up against Derry

They're off and running in the Maugherow 10k last Saturday. Pic Carl Brennan.
They're off and running in the Maugherow 10k last Saturday. Pic Carl Brennan.

Sligo Rovers long-term injury victim, Raffaele Cretaro, is in line to start against Derry City at the Showgrounds on Friday.

The 'Tubbercurry Tornado' came on as a substitute in Rovers' last two games and could be handed a starting place against the Candystripes.

The striker's return will be a massive boost as struggling Rovers bid to get their season back on track.

"Raff's energy and enthusiasm will be a great lift to everybody", said manager, Ian Baraclough. "He's done well when coming on as a sub in the last two games."

Rovers will also give late fitness tests to Seamus Conneely, Alan Keane and Jeff Henderson.

Conneely has the best chance of making it but Rovers haven't give up hope on Keane and Henderson, both of whom are having intensive treatment.

Having slipped off the pace in the League, the Bit O'Red were dumped out of the FAI Cup by Dundalk last Friday.

"The last few weeks have been very difficult," admitted Baraclough. "But we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to stay positive and try to go into the summer break with a win under our belts."

The manager is adamant that Rovers can still force their way into the top four.

"We've got to play Cork and St. Pat's twice and Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers once.

"Those teams will also take points off each other so there's still a lot to play for," he insisted.

Baraclough accepts that he's in the firing line but says that is part and parcel of football.

"My only focus is on getting three points against Derry," he said.

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