Galway United will travel to the North West on Friday night with reportedly NINE first team players ruled out for the match against Derry City.
However, Brandywell boss Peter Hutton refused to take any notice of the news, suggesting that he had his own injury worries.
With the second series of 2015 fixtures kicking-off this evening, Derry’s first series total of 13 points from a possible 33 makes for very poor reading.
“Our total has fallen well short of what I had expected, but there were quite a few games in which we played well enough yet failed to the result we deserved,” said Hutton.
“So we’ve got to push on and while we will have key players missing for the Galway match, I will reiterate what I said last week insisting that it’s down to the players brought in to prove themselves,” he added.
“It’s even more important that they perform at the Brandywell in front of their own support.”
Hutton admitted that the fans were getting restless, but remains confident that his side will improve and a victory over Galway would get the second series of games off to the perfect start.
He added; “I’m fully aware of the frustrations of our supporters, especially following the defeat to Bohemians, therefore, it’s vitally important that we manage to put on a show and add another three points on Friday night.”
The Candystripes will be without Patrick McEleney (torn groin), Stephen Dooley (back problem) and Seamus Sharkey (concussion).
“Gerard Doherty didn’t train this week due to a back problem, while Philip Lowry also sat out yesterday’s session with a groin strain, but both will be tested before the match,” concluded Hutton.