Will Patching, Joshua Gatt and Dane Massey were the unfortunate trio to miss out when Dundalk submitted their squad for the group stages of the Europa League last week.
Massey, who has featured in 28 European matches for the club, has a long-term injury while Patching and Gatt were unable to be included in the panel as the Lilywhites had reached quotas for non-home grown players.
Giovagnoli said it was a difficult decision to leave players out but said those impacted had taken it well.
“It’s always difficult to leave out players but you have to make decisions and by the rules I could only name a certain number of players and I had to make tough decisions,” he said.
“I did that by what I’ve seen on the pitch and who can give the team at this moment the best support.
“I would love to bring everyone with me but I can’t. We had decisions to make but the players are professional and they accepted it.”
Teenager Jamie Wynne, who was part of the squad for the trip to Moldova and the playoff win over KÍ Klaksvik, is named on List B which includes players born on or after January 1st, 1998 who have been eligible to play for the club for an uninterrupted period of two years after their 15th birthday.
Elsewhere in Group B, Mesut Ozil was the high-profile omission from Arsenal’s squad for the group stages.
The Dundalk Europa League squad in full is as follows…
- Goalkeepers: Gary Rogers, Aaron McCarey, Jimmy Corcoran.
- Defenders: Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Sean Hoare, Darragh Leahy, Daniel Cleary, Cameron Dummigan, Andy Boyle.
- Midfielders: Chris Shields, Jordan Flores, John Mountney, Greg Sloggett, Patrick McEleney, Sean Murray, Stefan Colovic, Daniel Kelly.
- Attackers: Michael Duffy, Patrick Hoban, Nathan Oduwa, David McMillan, Jamie Wynne.