GARETH McGLYNN’s involvement in the Airtricity League XI side at the Dublin Super Cup may have come at a cost for Derry City as they prepare to enter the final straight in the Premier Division title run-in.
SIMON COLLINS reports
The ‘Candy Stripes’ winger, who has played an integral role in the club’s race for the title, was stretchered off the Aviva Stadium pitch 34 minutes into the 5-0 defeat to Glasgow Celtic on Sunday, clutching his left knee following a collision with Celtic’s FilipTwardski.
And the Brandywell club will anxiously await the outcome of a scan tomorrow to determine the full extent of his injury once the initial swelling reduces.
McGlynn, who was assessed by club physio, Colum O’Neill yesterday afternoon following his return from Dublin, is now rated “extremely doubtful” for the Premier Division clash against struggling Galway United at Terryland Park this Friday .
The Inishowen man was one of six Derry City players who lined out against the Scottish Premier League giants on Sunday, with seven of the club’s representatives playing against a youthful Manchester City the previous day.
Those players involved in the competition are expected to return to training tomorrow while the remainder of the City squad resumed training on Monday morning in preparation for the resumption of the League of Ireland.
Derry City boss, Stephen Kenny who believes the strong contingent from the club will benefit from the experience of playing against top calibre opposition, has promised to make changes to his starting XI given the injury sustained by McGlynn and the suspension of regular left-back, Danny Lafferty.
The Dubliner is hoping McGlynn’s injury is not as serious as initial reports feared but admits it is feasible the winger could face a spell on the sidelines as the club begin the final 12 games of the season.
“We’re waiting on news on Gareth McGlynn’s injury,” said Kenny yesterday. “We’ll need a couple of days to assess that properly before making any decision on whether he’ll play against Galway.
“We don’t really know the full extent of the injury,” he added. “It’s the outside of the knee so we’ll have to see how he gets over the next couple of days. No one else got any knocks so everyone, apart from Gareth, is fully fit for Galway.
“There will be a couple of changes from the side that played against Dundalk, however, as Gareth is obviously extremely doubtful and Daniel Lafferty is suspended,” he confirmed.
Kenny was an interested spectator as he watched the young members of his squad pit their wits against some of Europe’s top footballers and he believes their involvement in the two day tournament will prove a worthwhile experience.
“The players were away for just a few days training, they weren’t used to playing with each other. There was some good individual displays but it was obvious they weren’t a team.
“In saying that, the players will be disappointed to concede three late goals against Celtic because it looks like they got hammered so they’ll be disappointed about that.
“Overall it was a good experience for them being able to train and play over the two days at the Aviva Stadium against quality opposition and representing the league.
“For someone like Ryan McBride who’s only played four first team games and Stephen McLaughlin, who came on against Celtic in his first season in the Premier Division, it was a big step-up and they will benefit from the experience.”
And the Derry boss will expect the Airtricity League XI contingent to put the experience to one side and concentrate on Friday’s crucial clash with the ‘Tribesmen’ as they return to league action.
“We’ve got to make sure now we’re ready for Galway. The players who weren’t involved are already back training and the rest of the players will come back training on Wednesday and they’ll have a quick turnaround to Friday.
“Eleven of the players were involved in the Dublin Super Cup at the weekend and some of the other players trained last week anyway so it wasn’t really like a proper break but we’ll have to prepare well for the game against Galway, we have to make sure we get the three points.”
McClean anxious for move
Meanwhile, in demand winger, James McClean has revealed he is keen to finalise a cross-channel move before the British Transfer window closes on August 31st next.
The 22 year-old Creggan man, who featured against both Man City and Celtic at the Aviva, is determined to secure a move away from the Brandywell but he promised to continue to do his best for Derry City in the interim.
“I’d rather get it done sooner rather than later, my aim is to get away in this transfer window,” said McClean. “I’m hoping to be gone by the end of August. I’ve gone as far as I can in the League of Ireland. I want to progress my career and the only way to do that is across the water”.
“The Peterborough move, for one reason or another, didn’t work out”, explained McClean. “I’m just going to focus on my own game and if something materialises all well and good.
“Peterborough looks to be dead in the water. I don’t think the terms we asked for were disgraceful as Barry Fry put it. I thought they were fair. It just didn’t work out so we have to move on from that.
“I’ve heard Reading has been interested and I know Brian McDermott was at the Shamrock Rovers game. If something materialises I’ll go , but I’ll concentrate on my own game until then”
Summer Fun Week
Derry City will be running its second Summer Fun Week at Brandywell Showgrounds next week. The soccer coaching sessions, which is aimed at children from the age of 5 to 16 years-old will take place from Monday, August 8th to Thursday, August 11th from 10 a.m. till 2.30 p.m.
The coaching sessions are delivered by experienced and highly qualified coaches providing young players with a enjoyable and educational fun football week.
All abilities are welcome and all players will receive ‘goody bags’ and refreshments daily. Derry City Football Club’s first team players and management will also be in attendance throughout the sessions. Cost for the week’s coaching is £28 with discount available for families
Contact 07510395717 for more details.