Ollie Horgan has a threadbare squad after losing another two key players prior to tonight’s crucial First Division clash with Waterford United at the RCS.
Horgan knew last week that he had to plan without the influential duo of Damien McNulty and Packie Mailey due to suspension, while Caoimhe Bonner is still serving his suspension for his red card against Wexford a fortnight ago.
Gareth Harkin who has enjoyed a fine run of form of late, was ruled out during the week due to work commitments.
However in the last 24 hours Horgan has lost the services of Michael Funston due to an illness and Darragh Black to injury.
The absence of the midfielder is a huge blow to Harps, who could certainly do with his energy, drive and experience tonight.
Black sustained a nasty injury at training on Wednesday night and is expected to be out for at least six weeks.
It is unfortunate for Black who looked likely to earn a start, after a number of impressive displays for the reserve side in recent weeks.
It now leaves Horgan without five regular starters, and with a number of players leaving the club recently it leaves his squad very thin for what is always a difficult fixture in Waterford.
Harps have proved to be an extremely difficult opponent to beat this season, losing only five matches all season is a testament to their defensive solidity.
However, they desperately need a win to keep their promotion hopes alive.
A win tonight would keep them in the hunt especially with winnable games against Cobh Ramblers and Shamrock Rovers B in the next few weeks.
A victory would also boost confidence ahead of next week’s crucial FAI cup tie against Wexford Youths.