McEleney is ‘50/50’ for Bohs clash

Derry City boss Declan Devine.
Derry City boss Declan Devine.
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Derry City manager Declan Devine says that creative midfield Patrick McEleney is “50/50” ahead of next week’s important game with Bohemians at the Brandywell.

Devine was at United Park on Friday evening to watch the Gypsies as they were beaten 1-0 by Drogheda United.

Nineteen year-old McEleney suffered a knee injury against Shamrock Rovers two weeks ago. A recent scan came back clear but Devine revealed that the young winger may still miss the game due to fitness.

“Patrick will be a massive loss to us if he doesn’t start against Bohemians next week,” said Devine.

“The way our luck has been going recently it wouldn’t surprise me if he wasn’t able to play.

“Patrick has played through the pain barrier for this club so many times in the past and we will wait until the latest possible moment to give him a chance to play next week.”

Derry’s home form has left a lot to be desired recently; they have lost their last four games to Shelbourne, Drogheda United, Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers respectively.

“We were disappointing against Shelbourne and Drogheda but I thought we were unlucky against Sligo and Shamrock Rovers.

“We haven’t had a game in a few weeks now and I think that it has really benefited us.

“If Patrick doesn’t start I am sure that will mean that Mark Farren will get his chance and it was good to see Mark back amongst the goals in the friendly against Institute the other night.”

Devine said that he hopes to welcome the first team regulars Stewart Greacen and Rory Patterson back to training in the next few days.

“Stewart Greacen will train with us on Monday whilst Rory Patterson is back running again - that’s a bit of good news for once.

“If Stewart, Rory and Patrick are involved against Bohemians next Friday we should be in with a great chance but if they are not we will just have to get on with it and hopefully grind out a result.

“We beat Bohemians 1-0 at the Brandywell at the start of the season so it’s another opportunity for us to show what we are about.

“The players have been training well over the last few weeks and I think that along with the bit of a break we have had there is no reason why we can’t get back to winning ways at the Brandywell next week.”

Meanwhile, Derry’s Darron Gibson has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad scheduled to take on Serbia in Belgrade next Wednesday.

Gibson, 24, also missed Everton’s pre-season friendly with Spanish side Malaga last night and was flown home to Liverpool where it is understood he will undergo a scan.

Hazelbank-born Gibson came off early against AEK Athens on Thursday night and it is believed that he has torn a thigh muscle.