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Doyle 'will be ready' for second leg

KEVIN Doyle has been backed to overcome the disappointment of his enforced absence for tomorrow's Euro 2012 play-off in Estonia and deliver the goods, if needed, in the home game next Tuesday.

The dismissal of Doyle for a second bookable offence in the last game, at home to Armenia, forces the striker to miss tomorrow's match, but the Wexford man has again underlined his commitment to the team by travelling to Tallinn with the panel yesterday even though he'll have to watch from the stands.

It's a pain that his Wolves team-mate Stephen Ward can understand as he missed the Armenia game with a one-match ban.

"Kevin is gutted to miss this game on Friday," says Ward.

"We've had a few chats about it and I can sympathise with him missing the match as I was suspended for the last one. I know it's not a nice feeling.

"But he will be ready for Tuesday. He's travelling to Estonia even though he can't play as he wants to be around the team and support the lads. He's a great option to have in the squad, we need as many strikers as we can," says Ward, who has also had the backing of his club boss.

"Mick McCarthy has given all the Irish lads in the squad his good wishes before we came away.


"He told us to go away with Ireland, to do ourselves and the country proud and also do the club proud because it would mean a lot to Wolves to see their players represent their country at the European Championship finals.

"Mick wants us to qualify more than anyone else. He knows all about the play-offs as he's been there as manager, he had a little word in our ear about all that."