Team news for Cork game
Sligo Rovers meet Cork City in the Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds, kick-off 3:55pm.
Rovers have won seven league matches in-a-row, which is the second longest run in club history.
The last team to win eight Premier Division games in succession was Bohemains in 2008 as part of a 12-game winning run for the Gypsies.
The last team to win their first eight of a season in the Premier Division was this Saturday’s opponents Cork City in 1998/99.
Last season Rovers and Cork shared the spoils on two occasions, with Danny North netting a late winner in the first meeting of the sides.
Rovers go into the game without North who is in the final stages of recovery from a knee injury.
Seamus Conneely has had a minor procedure on his knee and will be out for a couple of weeks.
Ciaran Kelly sustained a fractured sternum on Monday in training and will be on the sidelines for a number of weeks. Adam Murphy comes into the squad.
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Joseph Ndo is back in light training after recovering from a hand injury. He will come into contention for Rovers for the coming five games over a two-week period.
Lee Lynch was substituted at half-time last Saturday in the 2-0 win against Shelbourne with a dead leg but trained all week and is fit.
Rovers boss Ian Baraclough said: “Cork will be a big test on Saturday. It is two passing teams that will go hammer and tong at it. The battles we had last year were produced by two good footballing games and I expect it could be the same this season.
“Tommy has improved Cork‘s squad this year and the players have the experience of a year in the Premier Division under their belts.
“As this run continues, teams will be desperate to be the ones to take the first points off us. We’ve got to be ready for that.
“If we keep a clean sheet, I’m confident we can go and win a game. That can only happen by keeping our guard up and defending as a team.”
Rovers defender Alan Keane said earlier this week: “It is a good Cork team, they are flying too at the minute after their late win last week against UCD and it is going to be a tough one. Hopefully we can keep our momentum going.
“Cork have some very good players as we saw it in those matches last season.
“It will be really, really tough and I think it is one of the toughest oppositions we've played so far this season.
“Daryl Horgan has been in excellent form, I'm relishing the challenge of coming up against him and hopefully I can get the better of it.”