AIRTRICITY LEAGUE XI manager Damien Richardson held his first training session with his squad ahead of the Dublin Super Cup at Richmond Park last night.
Richardson and coaches Kenny Cunningham and Stephen O’Brien put the squad through their paces as they began the process of preparing for the challenge of meeting Celtic and Manchester City at the Aviva Stadium this weekend.
The manager has had his options boosted by Dundalk striker Jason Byrne linking up with the panel after being initially ruled out with a hamstring injury.
“Jason Byrne has come in for the next couple of days to see how his hamstring fares so we’re hoping he’ll be an option for us,” said Richardson, who will also expect to include players from Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers after their UEFA commitments this week.
“Both Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill and Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook have reiterated that any players they don’t use in Europe this week will be made available to us for the weekend so we’ll monitor that situation.
“At the moment we’re working on getting ourselves together so that the lads can all get to know one another and then later in the week we’ll work towards what teams will start the two matches.
“I will be looking at fielding two different elevens as much as I can at the weekend as I want to be fair to the players and their clubs.
“The lads have all linked up with the squad and you can sense that there is a plenty of enthusiasm for the tournament and the challenge of the Dublin Super Cup against some real stars of British football.
“They have meet with Kenny Cunningham and goalkeeping coach Stephen O’Brien and the rest of the backroom staff and we’re confident we’ll give a good account of ourselves this week.”
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