With Derry City duo Stewart Greacen and Ryan McBride both missing this evening’s clash with Drogheda United, experienced defender Eddie McCallion is likely to figure at the heart of their defence.
The 33-year-old has been in and out of the side this season, but when called upon he continues to give his best to the cause.
“It’s an opportunity, if I do play then it’s up to me to take my chance and hopefully lift everybody else around me,” the right-back admitted.
“We just need a wee bit of luck now at the minute and hopefully we’ll get that tonight.
“It isn’t easy having so many experienced players missing, but I think we have to show the right character, get our heads down and keep working hard.
“Obviously we were disappointed after the Sligo Rovers game, but we have moved on from that and are now ready for the Drogheda game, which is more important.”
Mick Cooke’s side ran out comfortable 2-0 winners when the two sides met earlier in the season and McCallion feels he and his team-mates should use that defeat to get them up for this evening’s match.
“They played well against us in Drogheda earlier in the season and they beat us but I think we didn’t play well that night, we know that and that should be our motivation,” he added.
“We have to meet it head on now and stand up and be counted.”
Wit Barry Molloy, Owen Morrison, Kevin Deery, Mark Farren and Brian McGroary also out it is believed that youngster Michael Barr will get his first competitive start for his home town club and McCallion feels whatever young player comes into the side should also relish the opportunity.
“I think this year we have been very fortunate in terms of injuries but thankfully the young boys have come in and done well.
“I think you need the senior players but some of those players are now injured and because of that I think it will benefit the club in the future, because the younger boys are getting a lot of experience of what it’s all about.”