McCarthy expects Doyle to lead line for Wolves
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
MICK McCARTHY is unhappy with Giovanni Trapattoni's negative assessment of Kevin Doyle's recovery from a knee problem and believes the front man will be fit for this weekend's Premier League opener with Blackburn.
Trapattoni is worried that Doyle will miss next month's crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers with Russia and Slovakia, fearing that the Wexford native is still feeling the effects of a medial ligament problem sustained in March's Macedonia clash.
The Irish manager also believes it would be dangerous if the player was brought back ahead of schedule. However, Wolves boss McCarthy has responded with a positive report on his star striker's health and insists there is no need to be worried about Doyle's withdrawal from Wednesday's draw with Croatia.
"Doyler came home as I suspect he was conscious he felt something, but there is every possibility he will play," said McCarthy.
"I'm telling you that on Wednesday, it was 70-30 that he'll play. So people should listen to me rather than what's been said over there (in Ireland).
"I haven't said he'll be fit -- I'm saying the chances are he will be. He's 70-30 in favour of playing and that was on Wednesday, so I'm hoping that's gone to 90-10."
Trapattoni is desperate to have Doyle ready for the pivotal European qualifiers. The Italian may operate with a lone striker in Moscow and Doyle's talents are perfectly suited to that role.
Robbie Keane would retain his place in the team, operating in a more withdrawn role supporting the central midfield -- where Ireland were outnumbered when Russia visited the Aviva Stadium last October.