Doyle concedes club season likely to be over
Published 12/04/2011 | 05:00
Kevin Doyle has admitted that his chances of returning to play a part in Wolves' relegation fight are slim.
The Wexford man damaged his medial ligaments in Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying win over Macedonia last month, but there was some optimism that he could return within four weeks.
However, Doyle has conceded that he won't be coming back to action that quickly, and realistically faces a minimum of six weeks on the sidelines from the time of the setback.
Using that timeframe, he only has a chance of figuring in Wolves' final two games of the campaign -- away to Sunderland on May 14, and at home to Blackburn on May 22.
Yet there is no guarantee that he will be at concert pitch by that point, which is grim news for Mick McCarthy with Wolves in the drop zone.
"It is the most frustrating injury of my career because I felt I was starting to play pretty well," said. Doyle. "We were playing well as a team and looking to finish the season on a high. It is annoying and by the time I am fit again it might be too late to be involved again this season.
"It's going to be another good few weeks. It's not going to be four weeks, that's pretty certain. I'm aiming to come back before the end of the season but it's going to be close. It's still sore.
"My knee is in a brace most of the time and it will be another week or two before I can start jogging. I'm trying to do bits to keep it moving and stuff. I'm in the pool and I can do some easy stuff on it. But I won't be running for a week or two."
Giovanni Trapattoni will be monitoring reports from Wolverhampton with interest. He is desperately keen for Doyle to be back for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Macedonia on June 4.
With respect to that game, the timing of his recuperation could work out for the Ireland manager. The Carling Nations Cup ties with Northern Ireland on May 24 and Scotland on May 29 would offer an opportunity to build up the 27-year-old's fitness.