Saturday 1 October 2016

McGoldrick conspiracy theories are rubbish, fumes McCarthy

Published 11/04/2015 | 02:30

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick was a transfer target for Leicester last summer. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick was a transfer target for Leicester last summer. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has rubbished conspiracy theories about the continued absence of David McGoldrick, who looks set to miss the remainder of the season.

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The Irish international has been frustrated by a persistent thigh problem that has kept him out of action since February 7 and, for the second season in a row, it appears that he will miss the crucial part of his club's Championship promotion push.

McGoldrick was a transfer target for Leicester last summer and his ongoing absence - which was initially flagged as a short term setback - has prompted Ipswich fans to speculate there is something going on behind the scenes.

But McCarthy said yesterday there is no hidden story behind his unavailability and asserted that he expects the striker to be at the club next season.

"There's nothing sinister about Didzy's situation at all," said McCarthy. "He is desperate to play. Of course he's going to be here next season."

Appearance

Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he has no problem with Jack Grealish's confident personality or his unique on-pitch appearance.

The teenager was given his first Premier League start in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with QPR and the fan favourite surprised Sherwood with his reaction to the news.

"Do you know what he said to me? 'About time!'," said Sherwood, who was also asked about the 19-year-old's preference for wearing his socks down and turning out in children's size shinguards.

"He is good and perhaps he knows he's good. It's just his style. If he performs how I think he can perform for this club he can dress how he wants.

"I never had a doubt about him and you know why? Because he's loved here. When I first came in he was sitting on the bench, the fans were singing someone's name and I thought 'It's not mine'.

"But it was Jack. For someone who's not played, he's a star. I've seen him in training, I've seen the intensity, he wants to play. He is a player for the future of this club but he's a player for now as well.

"He knows the fabric of the club. He knows every turnstile at Villa Park. No-one cares more than Jack Grealish.

"But it's not just about his heart and desire to keep this club in the league. It's also about his ability. He's aware, he can open teams up, he can dribble past people, he's got a massive future."

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