Thursday 8 December 2016

Battered and bruised Robbie Brady faces scan on shoulder injury

John Fallon

Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady is presented with the 3 FAI International Young player of the year Award by Gavin McAllister , PR & Sponsorship Manager at Three Ireland. 3 FAI International Soccer Awards. RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady is presented with the 3 FAI International Young player of the year Award by Gavin McAllister , PR & Sponsorship Manager at Three Ireland. 3 FAI International Soccer Awards. RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Jonathan Walters after being named the 2015 International Player of the Year Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Robbie Brady will undergo a scan on a shoulder injury this morning which will determine whether he'll be fit for Ireland's upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia.

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The Norwich City player has reported for international duty, collecting his FAI Young Player of the Year award last night, but the knock he shipped in Saturday's win over West Bromwich Albion remains a concern.

"I cannot even remember what happened - it was like a car crash," explained the 24-year-old about the collision which came after he scored the winner.

"I've had a rough time recently, with losing a couple of teeth a few weeks back.

"I just put my foot in and he just put his foot down like an American football tackle - he hit me across the ankles. Hopefully, everything goes okay in the scan because I'm desperate to play in these games."

Jonathan Walters was feted for his superb 2015 with the senior accolade. He bagged five goals over the year, including a brace in the qualification-clinching victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in November.

"This was the campaign I played the biggest part in," reflected the Stoke City striker. "I had a taste of the Euros four years ago and it was very disappointing how it ended but there are a lot of players still around from then and hopefully that experience will stand to us.

"I'm sure we'll be written off again for the finals, as we were during the qualifiers."

Martin O'Neill trimmed his mammoth 40-man squad by seven over the weekend, with Chris Forrester amongst those not making the cut.

The omission of Keiren Westwood, despite him playing regularly in the Championship, would appear to end his ambitions of heading to France. Millwall stopper David Forde's inactivity hasn't cost him his place within the three-man cohort of goalkeepers.

The others to be overlooked are Greg Cunningham, Darron Gibson, Paul Green, Anthony Stokes and Simon Cox.

Manchester City midfielder Jack Byrne will get his chance to impress O'Neill when he trains with the senior squad today.

Thriving on loan at Dutch club SC Cambuur, the Dubliner will be hoping to leave a lasting imprint on the manager ahead of the next World Cup qualification campaign before linking up the U-21s for Thursday's UEFA qualifier against Italy.

Newly-crowned U-21 Player of the Year Alan Browne won't be joining Byrne for the showcase at Abbotstown. The Preston North End midfielder is still suffering from a hip injury and has been ruled out of the U-21 qualifier against the Italians.

FAI Award winners

International Player of the Year: Jonathan Walters.

Women's Player of the Year: Denise O'Sullivan.

Young Player of the Year: Robbie Brady.

Goal of the Year: Shane Long v Germany.

Special Merit: Regions' Cup team. Hall of Fame: Tony Cascarino

International Personality of the Year: Gianluca Vialli.

U-21 Player of the Year: Alan Browne. U-19: Ryan Manning.

U-19 Women: Megan Connolly

U-17: Connor Ronan. U-17 Women: Amanda McQuillan.

U-16: Jayson Molumby (Brighton). U-16 Women: Heather Payne (Salthill). U-15: Lee O'Connor (Villa, Waterford).

Airtricity League Player of the Year: Richie Towell (Dundalk)

Junior Player of the Year: Jimmy Carr (St Michael's)

Intermediate Player of the Year: Kenneth Hoey (Rockmount)

FAI Schools: Connor Ellis (Colaiste Phobail)

Football For All: Mark Duffy (Special Olympics Ireland)

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