Team news for Shels game

Sligo Rovers face Shelbourne on Saturday in the Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds, kick-off 7:45pm.

The Bit o’ Red are looking for a ninth consecutive victory in all competitions which would equal the second-longest winning streak in the history of the club.

Gavin Peers returns to the squad after a hamstring injury.

Danny Ventre made a return to action last Monday in the UCD Bowl as Rovers won 3-0. Joseph Ndo is nearing full fitness after a hand injury but he looks set to miss out this weekend.

Danny North has had a cyst removed from his knee and will return to training in the near future as he steps up his comeback.

Rovers boss Ian Baraclough said:  "Gavin Peers has trained with us from Thursday. Danny Ventre played 20 minutes in UCD and he wants to get more under his belt as soon as he can. Joseph Ndo has had his cast removed so he can start training with us. I don’t think he’ll be ready for this weekend’s game but he will come into contention shortly.

"The number of players that are gunning for a place in the team will drive on the fellows holding the positions. It is up to everyone to stake a claim. Jeff Henderson has done very well. He had to wait for his chance and put in some accomplished performances.

"Gavin Peers is a quality player. He has been at the club for a long time as a cornerstone for Sligo Rovers and has been captain in the absence of Danny Ventre. He will not shy away from competition and it’s a excellent choice to have.

"This is the start of a busy period for us so opportunities will arise for everyone.

“Shelbourne are likely to come with a tight formation, they are strong physically and we have to be physically ready for that challenge. They haven’t had the start they would have wanted and will want to rectify that.

"It’s the start of a quick run of games with the Setanta Cup coming up and I want to keep the positive start and feeling going. We’ve taken each game on its merits and Saturday is another one to try to overcome.”

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