Ryan McBride and Mark Timlin return to Derry City line-up

Derry 'keeper Gerard Doherty
Derry 'keeper Gerard Doherty

Derry City host their first home game of the season on Friday, former boss, Stephen Kenny leading the League of Ireland champions, Dundalk, back to the Brandywell. (7.45 p.m.)

And with both sides having recorded victories last weekend, both camps will be hopeful of building on their opening night successes.

The “Candy Stripes” will welcome the return of new captain, Ryan McBride and winger, Mark Timlin who were suspended for last weekend’s game in Galway, but Peter Hutton must still plan without a number of players.

“Anthony Elding (calf) and Cillian Morrison (quad muscle) are still struggling and this weekend’s game may have come too early for them,” he said.

“Stephen Dooley (back) will not make it while we have yet to receive international clearance for Seanan Clucas, who joined us from Linfield, so we must wait and see if anything happens on that front before the kick-off,” lamented Hutton.

And he also had a worry over the availability of first choice keeper, Gerard Doherty.

“Gerard has sustained a hip problem and is doubtful at this stage, but he he will have a pre-match test before the team is selected,” confirmed the Derry boss.

“However, with Ryan (McBride) and Mark (Timlin) rejoining the squad, we have a few options and that’s very important.

“It going to be totally different from the Galway game. Dundalk have a very good squad and they’ve added the likes of Jake Kelly and Ronan Finn to the group which won the title last season, so it’s going to be a difficult test for us.

“That said, it’s another challenge for our young players to test themselves against the champions.

“It’s the first home match of the season so let’s hope there will be a big crowd to help spur our young players into action.”