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Wolves' Matt Doherty. Picture credit: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Wolves' Matt Doherty. Picture credit: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Wolves' Matt Doherty. Picture credit: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

IRELAND U21 defender Matt Doherty hopes he can force his way back into the side with promotion-chasing Wolves once he can regain full fitness.

The former Bohemians man has been sidelined for almost two months with a hamstring injury, but he is on the road to recovery, having played for the Wolves second string against Chelsea earlier this week.

"There are a lot of right-backs here, so there's no shortage of competition. But I'm quite confident that I could come in and if my chance comes, then I can take it," he said.

"I just want to get back playing again in the first team, so I can have the best season possible – to get promoted would be great. I want to achieve promotion, but I want to win the league and be the best I can, then who knows what might happen," added Doherty, now a key member of Noel King's Irish U21 side.

He had established himself in the Wolves team this season, but suffered the injury in November.

"I was in form and felt I was playing quite well, so it was terrible timing really," he said.

"There's never a good time to get injured, but I was injured in the lead-up to Christmas, so I missed a lot of games – I think it's 16 I've missed, which is too many."

 

MAHONEY IN FOR ENGLAND

ENGLAND have moved to secure the services of Blackburn Rovers prodigy Connor Mahoney ahead of Ireland by naming him in their U17 squad.

Mahoney made headlines when he was handed his Blackburn debut at the age of 16 in their FA Cup defeat to Manchester City last week, although the midfielder had already played first-team football in League Two for Accrington Stanley.

The Blackburn man is eligible for Ireland through the parentage rule, but England have called him into their U17 squad for two friendlies against Belgium.

FAI scouts are also keeping tabs on Danny Crowley, the 17-year-old who is creating a stir at Arsenal since his move from Aston Villa.

Crowley played for Ireland at U16 level, but has since declared for his native England, though he could be tempted back into the Irish fold.


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