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Pat's and Rovers face selection dilemmas ahead of Richmond Park meeting

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 11:12 | Comments

Stephen O'Flynn is doubtful for Pat's
Stephen O'Flynn is doubtful for Pat's

St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers both have selection problems ahead of their Airtricity League Premier Division meeting in Inchicore tomorrow night.

Liam Buckley’s Saints can move into second place in the division if they beat their Dublin rivals and Buckley said: "Nobody should be in any doubt that this will be another tough game for us and that there will be a lot of tough games between now and the end of the season.

"Each club is playing for something, whether it be the fight against relegation or for a European place, so there's a lot to be won and lost over the next few weeks."

Buckley is without long term absentee Mark Rossiter but also has doubts over John Russell (ankle), Hernany Macedo (knee) and Stephen O'Flynn (ill).

Rovers have injury and suspension problems for the match at Richmond Park.

Graham Gartland and Conor Winn are out with back trouble, while Ciaran Kilduff faces a late fitness test on an ankle problem. Ronan Finn also faces a late fitness test following Saturday's EA Sports Cup final.

Conor Powell, Stephen Rice and Pat Sullivan are all suspended for the game.

Rovers’ director of football Brian Laws said: "Losing in Saturday's cup final was very disappointing, especially to lose in the manner which we did.

“We gifted them two goals, and after that we always had a uphill battle. But we need to get over that quickly as we have a big game to play on Tuesday.

"We still have a lot left to play for, as not only do we need to qualify for Europe ourselves, but we can also have a big say in what goes on around in terms of all the European spots.

“This game is huge for both ourselves and St Patrick's and we need to make sure we are in the right frame of mind for it."

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