Patrick McEleney has declared himself ready for action for this Friday’s league meeting with St Patrick’s Athletic.

The Derry man missed the start of the season back in February but did feature as a late substitute in the club’s last league outing when they won 4-0 away to Finn Harps back at the start of March.

Having picked up a hamstring strain on return to training after lockdown, McEleney missed the club’s first four friendly matches against Derry City, Bohemians, Drogheda Utd and Athlone Town but did feature as a second half substitute in the Lilywhites’ 2-1 win over Athlone Town last Tuesday.

Speaking to Gavin McLaughlin afterwards, McEleney said he was ready to go for the league return now on Friday.

“It was good to get minutes,” he said.

“It has been a long time. I’ve been carrying a few niggles and stuff but it’s great to shake them off now and I feel great.

“I’ve been training really hard the whole time so I’ll be ready.”

Nathan Oduwa and Joshua Gatt could also be in line for their debuts but one person who will not be involved is Lido Lotefa, who last week joined Longford Town on loan for the remainder of the season.

Vinny Perth is expected to have a largely full complement of players to choose from but Sean Hoare will miss out on the visit of his old side to Oriel Park.

Friday’s game, which will be shown live on RTÉ Two, will also see Robbie Benson make a first return to Oriel Park since his departure to St Patrick’s Athletic at the end of last season. It will also see Stephen O’Donnell return for a second time having taken over as Pat’s boss at the end of last August.

David McMillan is expected to be in the Dundalk squad for the game but Georgie Kelly, who joined St Patrick’s Athletic on loan this week, will be unavailable for selection for the visitors.

Dundalk restart the season three points behind league leaders Shamrock Rovers and will go joint top briefly with a win on Friday as Stephen Bradley’s side aren’t in action until Saturday afternoon when they host Finn Harps at Tallaght Stadium. By contrast St Patrick’s Athletic have won two and lost two of their opening four games. One of those was a 1-0 defeat to Waterford FC on the opening day of the season when new Dundalk assistant Alan Reynolds was in the Blues’ dugout.