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Upbeat Shiels shakes up his Derry City team as injuries begin to take their toll

By Eoin Wilson

Gavin Peers is in line to make his Derry City debut against his old team Sligo Rovers in tonight's game at the Showgrounds.

The defender, who has yet to play a minute of competitive football for the Candystripes this season, will be brought into the squad due to an injury to centre-half Darren Cole, picked up in the game against Finn Harps.

With Swedish defender Armin Aganovic no longer at the club, it could mean an entirely new defence for City from the team that lost 2-1 at the Showgrounds in February.

City have yet to win at Sligo under Kenny Shiels and the City boss admitted that with so many possible changes in personnel, it could be another tough night for his team.

"It isn't ideal to have to change things too much but we do have options," he said.

"Gavin Peers, Niall Logue and Scot Whiteside will likely be added to the squad for Sligo.

"We're in a really tough run of games at the minute but I think we're in a better place now than when we went there at the start of the season.

"Our record hasn't been great at the Showgrounds but we're now five wins from six in all competitions since our last visit," concluded the City manager.

The one positive for Derry is that they go into tonight's game on the back of that excellent run of results.

The latest victory came at Finn Harps in the EA Sports League Cup last Monday and Shiels is hopeful that his team can continue to build on their momentum to keep in touch with the top four in the Premier Division.

"Sligo are very good at home and they have tightened things up, so it's going to be a tough game," he said.

"We have to make sure that we win certain areas of the pitch, make sure that we match them and then win those battles."

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