Preview: Buckley talks of ‘reward’ still there for Rovers

Sligo Rovers return to action on Sunday in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division as they venture to Dublin to take on Shelbourne in Tolka Park, kick-off 5pm.

After a two-week break, the Bit O’ Red resume the final stages of the league against a side just three points behind in the table.

That difference came from a 2-1 win for Rovers back in August as Jesse Devers and David Cawley scored in The Showgrounds.

In team news, Kyle Callan-McFadden serves a one-game suspension. Regan Donelon (groin) and Ronan Murray (toe) are doubtful.

Danny Kane returned to training this week. He’s unlikely to feature on Sunday and more likely will be in contention next week. The news is better for Sigitas Olberkis who is back involved after a hamstring injury. 

Johnny Dunleavy is out with a knee injury. There are no other injury concerns.

Liam Buckley said: “After two weeks, we’re really eager it because there is a lot to play for in the season. If you even just look at the teams we have to face, Shelbourne need a result to secure their safety, Cork are looking for that one win to move them up off the bottom and Dundalk are looking to seal a European spot. That’s just one example and it really is all to play for in every game in the league.

“There is a reward there for us, for all of our effort, if we can produce a run of results in these matches. We’ve got the FAI Cup as well so it could be up to six games I hope. We’re in the mix for the things we want to be in and that’s what you want at this stage of the season. We’re looking for one result on Sunday and then see where it can leave us.

“Over the two weeks we have had time on the training pitch, rejigging and working on a couple of things. We’re aware there are prizes on offer still for all of the teams in the table, be it avoiding relegation, European places. It’s going to take a gigantic effort over the next month or so but we’ve shown we’re capable of putting results together.

“There wasn’t much in it in the game earlier in the season. We came out on top by the one goal and Shelbourne have been a hard opponent for every side this campaign. It’ll be a tough game. But as I said, there’s lots on the line and we go there knowing the result we want.”

Out: Kyle Callan-McFadden (suspended), Danny Kane (lack of match fitness), Johnny Dunleavy (knee)

Doubtful: Regan Donelon (groin), Ronan Murray (toe)

The match is live on WATCHLOI and OceanFM