O’Hara back to replace Roche as Morecambe head to Accrington

Kieran O'Hara saves Jay Simpson's penalty at Leyton Orient.

Kieran O'Hara saves Jay Simpson's penalty at Leyton Orient.

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Kieran O’Hara will be fit to replace the suspended Barry Roche in goal when Morecambe travel to Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The Manchester United loanee missed the 5-2 defeat to Hartlepool on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury in training.

His absence meant midfielder Alex Kenyon had to go in goal for the final 15 minutes after Roche picked up his second red card in five games, resulting in a two-game ban.

O’Hara will be ready to go for the Lancashire derby however with academy goalkeeper Niall Maher possibly taking his place on the bench for the first time.

Boss Jim Bentley said: “He got a bad knock in training clashing with Aaron McGowan.

“It was towards the end of training on the Friday and he woke up on Saturday and was struggling to walk.

“He’s had a bit of treatment at Manchester United and thankfully he’ll be okay.”

Fellow loanees Luke Conlan, calf, and Cole Stockton, foot, will be missing however.

Bentley said: “Luke Conlan came off (against Hartlepool) with a bit of a calf problem which he was carrying in the first half and I think it reflected in his performance.

“We’ll have to see how he is and Cole Stockton is struggling too.

“As soon as he came off the bench on Saturday he got a bad gash on his foot in a tackle.

“He left the ground on crutches with stitches in his ankle and he’s another one we’ll have to monitor.”