Dundalk FC captain Stephen O'Donnell. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Dundalk FC captain Stephen O'Donnell will miss “a couple of weeks” with a calf tear, manager Stephen Kenny confirmed to The Democrat last night.
The midfielder sustained a “small” tear to his calf in pre-season training, meaning he is likely to miss some of the club's upcoming schedule.
However, Kenny has refused to confirm if his captain will miss the SSE Airtricity League season opener at home to Bray Wanderers on February 16.
Pat Hoban (thigh) and Dean Jarvis (hip) are expected to sit out tomorrow night's pre-season opener against Cabinteely FC at Oriel Park. It remains to be seen if they will be deemed fit to play against Drogheda United in Saturday night's Jim Malone Cup match.
Jamie McGrath is suffering with shin-splints, though he could still play his part against Cabo, while youngster Jeff McGowan, who has been training with the club, is expected to feature.
Karolis Chvedukas is set to make his debut for the club this week along with other close-season arrivals Stephen Folan and Ronan Murray. The latter could play up front in the absence of Hoban. However, Kenny would not be drawn when asked if this would be the case.