LEAGUE OF IRELAND

Several players affected as sickness bug hits Finn Harps squad

Ollie Horgan's side away to Athlone on Friday night

Diarmaid Doherty

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A sickness bug which has spread among the Finn Harps squad since the weekend has hit the team’s preparations for this Friday night’s trip to play Athlone Town.
Several players have been complaining of severe sickness and a number of them were forced to sit out Monday night’s match at Drogheda United after reporting unwell.
Manager, Ollie Horgan, insisted that he was not using the bug as an excuse for the 2-1 defeat at United Park and said his team were beaten “fair and square”.
However, he said with a number of players affected, he’s not sure how he will be fixed personnel-wise on Friday.
“It’s been a difficult week to put it mildly,” he said.
“I think a few of them must have picked it up at training on Sunday morning and by Monday morning, the phone started to ring with players saying they weren’t well.
“We tried to isolate a few of them to stop it spreading among the squad. To be fair to the players, a few of them travelled (to Drogheda) and a couple even played.
“It’s a bad bug which seems to be going around. All we can do at this stage is hope that it clears up before too long.”
Horgan said the players affected were not going to make training last night (Wednesday) and are extremely doubtful for the trip to Athlone Town.
Harps suffered their first defeat of the season in the rescheduled game on Monday night in Drogheda and while Horgan bemoaned the absence of several of his players, he said Drogheda deserved to win.
“Obviously we were disappointed with the manner of the defeat, and the circumstances of what happened in the first half with the penalty decisions,” he said.
“But overall, we can have no complaints about the result, Drogheda won fair and square.”
Tomorrow night, Finn Harps will meet an Athlone Town team who have lost all five of their league games so far. They also bowed out of the EA Sports League Cup on Tuesday, losing 2-0 at home to UCD.
Finn Harps will be back in action in that competition on Bank Holiday Monday with their game at home to Derry City put back from the original time of 3pm to 5pm.