PETER HUTTON is hoping ever present defender, Aaron Barry, dubbed ‘Mr Consistent’ by the Derry City boss, will recover from a thigh injury in time for tonight’s crunch clash against Galway United.
The Arklow man pulled out of training twice this week, suffering from an abductor muscle strain, however, the Derry boss insists he will give his reliable centre-back every chance to make the game at Eamon Deacy Park.
Barry has played in 21 of Derry City’s 25 games in all competitions this season and has been
a reassuring dependability for Hutton during a so far disappointing season.
And the Derry manager admits it will be a huge loss to his side should Barry fail to make a full recovery in time.
Having enjoyed so much success with his 3-5-2 formation against Longford Town last weekend with Barry, Ryan McBride and Rob Cornwall forming a solid defensive line, Hutton was hoping for a similar set-up against the ‘Tribesmen.’
We call him our ‘Mr Consistent’. He just gets on with his job. There’s no thrills and it’s just nice and steady and reliable. So he will be a big loss for us if he does miss out.Peter Hutton
However, with Barry a real doubt and Dean Jarvis also rated doubtful due to a toe injury, Hutton may be forced into a defensive reshuffle.
“Aaron pulled out of training yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday) with an Abductor injury,” confirmed Hutton.
“We call him our ‘Mr Consistent. He just gets on with his job. There’s no thrills and it’s just nice and steady and reliable. So he will be a big loss for us if he does miss out.
“The back three worked well for us during the last hour against Bohemians two weeks ago when we dominated the play and it plays to our players’ strengths, so we went for it again against Longford and we got our rewards.
“It would have been nice to play a similar team to the one which defeated Longford but we’ll have to see how it goes.
“Cillian Morrison is definitely ruled out with a viral infection and he’s been told to do nothing until Tuesday,” he added. “While Georgie Kelly will see a consultant regarding broken bones in his hand,”
So while Hutton does have a number of injury concerns, his squad will be boosted by the availability of former Spurs midfielder, Aaron McEneff, who received international clearance this week and Dundalk loanee, Ciaran O’Connor is also available for selection.
Mark Quigley will also be hoping to feature in the game but Hutton refused to reveal if the former St .Pat’s and Sligo hitman was ready for his first start since signing three weeks ago.
“Mark Quigley has trained well this week,” continued Hutton. “He’s getting there, but whether he starts tomorrow we’ll wait and see.
“Aaron McEneff received his clearance and Ciaran Connor comes into the squad and they are both available for selection. Aaron’s been chomping at the bit to get going and he will be a good addition to the team.
“The fact we have one or two more options certainly helps. Football is all about good players and we’ve made some good additions to the squad so hopefully we can get the right result in Galway.”