Sothern's absence a blow for Pembroke
Hockey: Pembroke Wanderers and Ireland striker Alan Sothern (below) will not play for his club in the weekend's crunch fixture on Leeside.
Concussion protocols dictate that he is still out of action a fortnight after shipping a heavy knock in the 1-1 draw with Railway Union.
The Ballsbridge side travel to play Cork CI today, with both teams urgently needing a win to raise morale before the Christmas break.
CI have dropped off the pace and out of the top four in the EY Hockey League in the wake of defeats by Three Rock Rovers and Railway Union.
Meanwhile, the Dubliners find themselves wallowing in the bottom three with a record of five losses in eight outings.
The goals have dried up for one of the traditional powerhouses in the game and the absence of Sothern does nothing to improve the scoring outlook.
He has been included in the Irish squad heading for warm weather training in South Africa in the new year, when the effects of his head and neck injuries are expected to have worn off.
Pembroke's squad is further depleted by the absence of defender Keith O'Hare who is resting a strained hamstring.