Injuries to a number of key players are hampering Finn Harps' preparations for tonight's visit of Galway Utd.
The SSE Airtricity Premier Division meeting is the first game at Finn Park since Harps beat Sligo Rovers on June 3rd.
And while Harps have since beaten Longford Town in the league, they face a difficult test on Friday night against a Galway side who have already beaten Ollie Horgan's men twice this season.
Horgan's selection options haven't been helped by injuries to Gareth Harkin, Ciaran Coll and Packie Mailey, all of whom are ruled out for Friday night.
Dave Scully and Adam Hanlon are also on the injured list and are rated extremely doubtful.
It means Horgan will have to weigh up his options carefully ahead of what's another important fixture.
Mind you, Harps will approach the game with a good deal of confidence.
They've gone three games unbeaten since their FAI Cup loss to Crumlin United and are 12 points clear of bottom-of-the-table Longford Town.
Longford were in action on Tuesday night but despite a brave effort, conceded a late winner, losing 4-3 to Dundalk at Oriel park.
Horgan though, insisted his team won't have anything easy against Galway.
“We haven't beaten them for a good few seasons,” he pointed out.
“They've already beaten us this season in the league and in the EA Sports League Cup.
“And, look, if you go through their players and what they can bring to a game, they're a very good side.
“It's another important game for us and it's the start of a busy run of matches in the league again.”
Galway have played a game less than Harps but sit only three points ahead in the table.
One has to go all the way back to May 14th for their last victory in any competition - a 2-1 win away to Bray.
Their scheduled game against Shamrock Rovers last weekend was postponed due to Rovers' involvement in the Europa League and instead, Galway played a friendly against Sligo Rovers, losing 2-1.
Galway striker, Ruairí Keating, is not expected to feature in tonight's game.
The former Sligo Rovers player is back at Finn Park for a third spell after agreeing a move this week.
Tonight's game has an 8pm start.
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