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O'Connor injury hits the in-form Hoops

Shamrock Rovers

PAT Fenlon believes that his Shamrock Rovers side are very much in the title race after a good weekend for the Hoops.

But their injury woes have only worsened as winger Seán O'Connor (pictured) could miss the rest of the season. Friday's win at home to Sligo Rovers, combined with a defeat for leaders Dundalk against Bohemians, leaves Rovers now just seven points behind the champions, and a win tonight at home to a struggling Derry City (8.0pm) would reduce the gap.

"There is loads of football to be played, and Cork City are closer to Dundalk than we are. But Friday was a good night for us and it should make for a good season half to the season," said Fenlon ahead of Derry's visit. "It's too early to be looking at any gap at this stage of the season, all you want to do is keep winning matches. What pleased me on Friday against Sligo was that we looked as if we had real balance to the attacking end. We have been trying to get that for a while but we had it on Friday night so that was very pleasing."

But the loss of O'Connor was a blow for Fenlon. "Seán has ruptured his achilles, he had an operation yesterday and he's out for six months minimum, that's a blow as Seán has done well for us and scored a few goals this season," added Fenlon, also missing Keith Fahey, Danny North and Max Blanchard.