EXCLUSIVE: 'Shane Long was telling me not to look at it'- Kevin Doyle on gruesome injury
Kevin Doyle believes he “had a lucky escape” after his shin was split open in horrifying fashion during the Republic of Ireland’s international against Switzerland on Friday night.
Speaking exclusively to Indepdendent.ie, an upbeat Doyle suggested he could be back in action sooner than expected and insisted he had not given up on his dream of making their cut for Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad.
Yet he admits the shock of the events of Friday night at the Aviva Stadium left him numb, as he needed to have his leg patched up by plastic surgeons.
“The doctors tell me I was quite lucky as the damage could have been much worse,” Colorado Rapids striker Doyle tells us.
“There are all kinds of tendons and nerves in the shin that control the toes and the feet and if you start damaging those, it can get difficult, but I got away with that.
“If the tendons had been ripped or the bones broken, then it could have been a much more serious situation, but thankfully everything has been repaired an I can look forward to getting back to light jogging in a couple of weeks.
“The shock of it all was probably worse than the pain of the injury. It was throbbing a bit on the pitch, but when you look down and you can see your shin carved open and all the tendons looking out at you, that’s hard to see.
“Shane Long was kneeling down next to me on the pitch when the incident happened telling me not to look down and I can see why now. It was a horrible sight.
“I was lucky that there were two plastic surgeons on hand at the Mater hospital in Dublin and they have done a great job on my leg.
“There were pieces of my sock in the wound. The doctors were pulling out threads and all sorts. It was not pretty, but I have to say it looks pretty good now considering.”
Doyle’s Twitter message showing his injury went viral and was viewed by thousands around the world, but he admits that was posted at a moment when he was under the influence of painkillers.
“I was a bit dopy when I sent then,” he confirms with a smile. “Maybe people didn’t want to see that kind of detail. The message probably should have come with some kind of warning!
“Hopefully I didn’t put too many people off their dinner on Friday night. Maybe I wouldn’t have posted that message if I was thinking straight.”
Doyle went on to concede that his frustration at missing what he felt could be a final chance to make a push to claim a place in Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad was taken away from him following the tackle from Switzerland defender Timm Klose.
“It was great to get a start in the Ireland team, I have been waiting a good while for that,” he continues.
“Starting up front with Shane (Long) was great. We have know each other for so long, but we haven’t had a chance to play together too often in the Ireland team. Then after a few minutes it was all over.
“I won’t give up on trying to get into the Euro 2016 squad. It might be tougher for me now than it would have been if I had had a great game on Friday, but let’s wait and see.
“I hope to be fit by the time the Euros come around if I get picked, then it would be a great. There is not a lot I can do about it right now.”
Doyle is flying back to Colorado on Tuesday to have his injury assessed by club doctors, with the debate over the moulded blades on the bottom of football boots raised once again after this incident.
“I don’t know what boots the lad was wearing, but I just felt a big impact and the pain started throbbing,” he added. “I looked down and there was blood everywhere.
“The blade boots are what everyone wears now and this kind of thing doesn’t happen too often, but I can see why people would ask questions about them after something like this.”