Monday 22 April 2019

Kevin endures a season to forget

KEVIN DOYLE has enjoyed a glittering soccer career but we reckon the 2013-'14 season isn't one he'll remember with any degree of fondness.

After struggling to make the Wolves team, he seemed to be handed a lifeline with a loan move to Queens Park Rangers, scoring from a header on his debut against Burnley on February 1.

He made six appearances in all, adding another goal against former club Reading, but the dreaded injury curse struck recently and he has had to sit out what was left of the season.

A knee injury sustained against Birmingham City last month brought a premature halt to his loan spell at Loftus Road, with manager Harry Redknapp confirming that he returned to parent club Wolves as a result.

A diagnosis of ligament damage with a six-week recovery window makes him very doubtful for Ireland's end-of-season games, but he's probably more concerned about the implications for his club career.

Doyle has another year left on his contract with Wolves who are heading back to the Championship after securing promotion. However, given that manager Kenny Jackett used him sparingly in League One early in the season, he's unlikely to figure in his plans in a tougher division.

There's never a good time to pick up an injury really, but unfortunately Doyle couldn't have faced a worse period to be laid low, and for such a long time too in footballing terms. He's due a favourable break soon and we hope it will come from somewhere.

Enniscorthy Guardian