Varying fortunes for Ndo and Rice

Wednesday 8th August 2007, 10:14 am

Joseph Ndo, with League of Ireland director Fran Gavin and PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness

Joseph Ndo, with League of Ireland director Fran Gavin and PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness

Photo by Tom Carey.

While rumours flew around recently about the future of Saint Patrick's Athletic midfielder Joseph Ndo, it now looks likely that the player could return to action for the hugely important game against Drogheda United on Friday night. However across Dublin, Bohemians midfielder Stephen Rice looks set for an acrimonious departure from Dalymount Park.

Rumours had gone as far to suggest that former Cameroon international Ndo would be axed by the Saints earlier this week but reports of an appearance for the club's under-21's now suggest any possible problems have been laid to rest and a return to first team action could be imminent.

Ndo has been sidelined by a knee injury since limping off less than thirty minutes into the 11th May game between the Saints and UCD at Belfield Park.

Stephen Rice, Bohemians.

Stephen Rice, Bohemians.

Photo by Tom Carey.

However, Rice - one of Bohs' better performers this season - has reportedly been frozen out of first team affairs at Dalymount following an alleged contract dispute. His contract is believed to be up at the end of the season with the suggestions being that he won't play for the Gypsies again.

Rice had a mixed start to his Bohs career, often played at full back instead of a preferred midfield role. However, this season he had been switched back to his first choice position and had performed well - scoring four goals, including important goals against St. Pats and Cork City.

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