Audio: Foster “Hugely Disappointed With Injury Crisis”
Dundalk FC manager Ian Foster says he is “hugely disappointed with the injury crisis” that his side are currently going through, before going on to add: “With what we’ve got available, a point at home against the second-best team in the division, on form, is a point gained”.
With Eoghan Osborne, Greg Bolger, Stephen Maher, Dean Bennett and Shane Guthrie already ruled out, Daniel Kearns took ill before kick-off with pleurisy, Colin Hawkins pulled his hamstring within two minutes and Jason Byrne was stretchered off late on with a knock to his Achilles.
Foster admitted that he had to “change tactics” following the late withdrawal of Kearns, stating that “it’s always difficult at that late stage for the boys to adapt and you could see that it took 15-20 minutes for us to actually get going”.
Hawkins is out for the visit of Shamrock Rovers on Monday, Kearns is on medication and will be assessed over the weekend, with Dr. Samir “optimistic” that the 19-year-old “will be ready”, while Byrne also has a chance of being fit.
In Part 2, Foster speaks about Monday’s test against the league champions, before giving his thoughts on Dundalk winning the draw of lots for the home club for the Setanta Sports Cup final on 14 May, concluding “it’s always nice to play in your home strip”.