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Meyler return 'fantastic'

MARTIN O'Neill was more than happy to give man of the moment David Meyler a pat on the back and a personal character reference, writes Paul Hyland.

"When I met David, he was just recovering from those injuries, I'm talking about two years ago. Very popular guy, did brilliantly according to the physiotherapist to recover from those injuries."

"Because he was so eager to get back quickly, he would always pick up a niggle here and there. This time he's had a clear run of things and played a lot of football for Steve (Bruce). So from that viewpoint I'm really pleased. Am I pleased that he is playing top quality football at this minute? Fantastic, you know."

Meyler linked up with the rest of the Ireland squad for last night's FAI awards, though Andy Reid, Kevin Doyle and Rob Elliott have all been ruled out of the game against Serbia though injury.