Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is plotting his next European adventure, starting with success in Luxembourg tonight.
A master of previous triumphant results on the continent during his spells with Derry City and Bohemians, Kenny is looking to continue that trend at Oriel Park.
However, his squad is beginning to display some signs of wear and tear as they compete on five fronts with the Lilywhites boss having some selection headaches ahead of the game against Jeunesse Esch.
Daryl Horgan picked up a shin injury against Derry City while Mark Rossiter jarred his knee in a recent friendly and Patrick Hoban is only making his return from knee surgery three weeks ago.
However, David McMillan’s league suspension does not apply to the Europa League and midfielder Keith Ward hopes to play a part having recovered from a back problem.
“It is a squad effort at the end of the day so we will travel there with optimism,” Kenny said. “It is a hard one to predict. We would like to get the away goal and want to win because if you can win away then it makes it easier so we will have to see.
“A lot of players are playing in Europe for the first time but have the carrot of a game against Hajduk Split as an incentive for everyone.”
Kenny also says this tie is just rewards for his side’s mammoth efforts in 2013: “The players deserve this opportunity. They came from nowhere last season to finish second and they have earned it the hard way. This is their chance.”
Jeunesse were beaten 1-0 by Fortuna Koln in their first pre-season friendly last Friday night.