Team news for Dundalk game

Sligo Rovers host Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division in The Showgrounds on Saturday evening.
 
The Bit o' Red are looking to bounce back from last week's defeat to Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds.
 
Rovers have not conceded from open play in the Showgrounds in 1,038 minutes.
 
Ian Baraclough's side go into Saturday's game with Dundalk defending a home record of unbeaten in 11 games.
 
Dundalk have won the last two league meetings between the sides - the last time a team had three league wins in-a-row over Rovers was Shamrock Rovers on a four-game streak with wins in July 2010, September 2010, March 2011 and May 2011.
 
Raffaele Cretaro has undergone surgery on a calf problem. In six weeks Cretaro will have another operation on his other calf and it means he will be out for a number of months.
 
John Russell has overcome a knee problem that forced him to be substituted against Bray Wanderers and is in the squad.
 
Jeff Henderson is also back having overcome a hamstring issue. Joseph Ndo is doubtful.
 
Kieran Djilali continued his recovery towards full fitness with a substitute appearance against Bray.
 
A decision on Ndo will be made on Saturday, Gavin Peers is out with a knee injury.
 
Manager Ian Baraclough said: “We haven’t hid away from the defeat last week. It was extremely disappointing and nobody likes losing games. We didn’t defend well enough as we conceded, nor did we create enough chances.
 
“In some quarters this week we have been accused of lacking passion – it is something I don’t like to be said about any team, never mind my own and I don't think it is the case. Our pride was hurt, there was a lot of talking after the game but we can’t change the result now, we can only focus on what we can do on Saturday against Dundalk.
 
“We look at it that now there is another game. We’ve prepared as well as we can this week. We have to be ready for what Dundalk will throw at us and target the three points.”
 
On Cretaro’s injury: “Raff is a lively player and his absence will be a blow to us. He is a great character to have around and we’ll have to make sure he is there on the sidelines to play that part he can. I’ve been aware of the calf problems for a few weeks, it is something he also had when he was with Bohemians and unfortunately it requires surgery again.” 

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