Recent addition McCrudden set for spell on the City sidelines
Derry City's Michael McCrudden has been ruled out for up to three months after suffering a broken metatarsal in training ahead of tonight's game against Bohemians.
News of the former Institute striker's injury comes as a huge blow for both the player and his manager, Declan Devine, who is hoping to continue City's fine start to the season against the unbeaten league leaders this evening.
"We're gutted for Michael, we're gutted for the team, but such is life, we just have to make sure he comes back a fitter and stronger player," said Devine.
"It is a severe blow for us but we move on. We're disappointed but, at the same time, it presents an opportunity for someone else to come in and take a claim to play."
Derry are hoping to be the first team this season to get anything from Dalymount Park after the Gypsies' fantastic start.
No team has even scored against Bohemians so far and Devine is in no doubt at the size of the task facing his team.
"They are the form team and, in my opinion, they have two of the best coaches in the country working for them," he said.
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"I was fortunate enough to do my Pro-License with Keith Long and Trevor Croly and they are two guys I hold in the highest regard. The way they have assembled the team is something the rest of the league should look at.
"There is a real buy-in at the club and the response that the fans give the players is credit to them as a club.
"We have done our video stuff on them and we go down there knowing that not only is it a difficult venue but they are a very good side. We'll have to be at our very best if we're going to get a result."