Team news for Derry City game

Sligo Rovers meet Derry City in their first Airtricity Premier Division game of the season on Friday night in The Brandywell.

The Bit o’ Red face a first match of the league title defence against the 2012 FAI Cup winners.

Danny North and Aaron Greene will be absent for Rovers. North is recovering from a serious knee ligament injury from last July while Greene picked up a minor ankle knock in the 5-0 win in the Setanta Cup against Glentoran last Monday.

The winger will miss the next week to 10 days with the injury. Kieran Djilali comes into the Rovers squad for the first time following his signing with the club. Seamus Conneely is back from injury and is also in contention.

Rovers boss Ian Baraclough said: “We’re ready now to start the league season. The match with Glentoran did work as a final preparation for the opening match in the league considering one of our friendlies was postponed. It was very good and I think we’re ready to get going.

“We have more options in the squad at the start of this season compared to last. Everyone knows what is expected of them and what they must do when they get into the team. Kieran comes into the squad as another option and we welcome Seamus back following two weeks out.

“I saw for myself last season that every game in Derry is hard-fought. We’ve got the earn the right to express ourselves and try to get a hold in the game. It’s like an annual season-opener if you like between the league and cup winners . There is a local rivalry and a hope for both sides to build on what was achieved last season.

“It's our closest game in the division and we’ll be backed to the hilt from a large travelling support I'm sure which is great for us. It should be a good atmosphere and a fantastic match to open the season with.”

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