Derry City management and players returned from a week’s holiday on Sunday ahead of a frenetic eight days which will see the Candystripes travel to Cork City and Bohemians on Friday and Monday respectively before entertaining Dundalk at the Brandywell next Friday.
Manager Declan Devine said that little had changed in terms of available personnel since the break and he would be travelling to Turner’s Cross tomorrow with the same squad as finished the first half of the campaign.
“Darren Cole is still struggling while Michael McCrudden and Patrick McClean are some way off a return just yet” he began.
“Taking in a total 900-mile round trip over the next few days doesn’t help either but we knew what we were coming back to, so we have to get on with it.”
“I’ve said numerous times that Cork is probably the most difficult ground in the country to win at despite their start to the season, and this will be a really tough game for us.”
The Derry boss was giving little away about potential targets as the transfer window opens and he wouldn’t be drawn on reports linking the Candystripes with moves for Stephen Folan and Conor Davis.
“Every club will be looking to strengthen during the window and we’re no different. There will be more clubs than us looking to speak to those players, but similarly we are also looking at other options as well.”
City got a well-deserved point the last time they were in Munster and Devine will no doubt be hoping for another positive outcome on Friday night at the start of a big week for the club.