Wednesday 21 August 2019

Goalkeeper Harte a major doubt for Euros

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Ireland goalkeeper David Harte. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland goalkeeper David Harte. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Stephen Findlater

Two-time world goalkeeper of the year David Harte has emerged as a massive doubt for the Irish men's European Championship campaign in three weeks' time in Belgium.

He missed last weekend's trip to Scotland with a muscle strain and the Green Machine will be anxiously waiting to see if the inflammation will reduce significantly in time for the Euros.

Harte was omitted from the preliminary squad announced yesterday with Jamie Carr and Mark Ingram named as the goalkeepers.

But it came with the caveat from coach Alexander Cox that "there are still some decisions to be made around our goalkeepers".

Cox did get a boost with Eugene Magee - Ireland's most-capped male player - benefiting from a U-turn in availability. He was initially unable to get time off work but has since come to a new arrangement to be able to take part in Antwerp from August 16-25.

The other changes see Jeremy Duncan, Stu Loughrey and Kirk Shimmins all come back in, while Matthew Nelson and Matthew Bell are named on the reserve list with Luke Madeley out with a broken bone in his foot.

Former Australia international Tim Cross is the other change from the FIH Series Finals in June, doing enough in last weekend's series in Scotland to gain inclusion.

Ireland men's European Championships Squad (August 16 to 25, Antwerp) - Jamie Carr (KHC Leuven), Mark Ingram (Crefelder HTC), Conor Harte (Racing Club de Bruxelles), Jonathan Bell (Lisnagarvey), John Jackson (Bath Buccaneers), Lee Cole (Royal Oree), Paul Gleghorne (Crefelder HTC), Stuart Loughrey (Hampstead & Westminster), Tim Cross (Tilburg), Shane O'Donoghue (KHC Dragons), Stephen Cole (Royal Oree), Daragh Walsh (KHC Leuven), Kirk Shimmins (Pembroke), Sean Murray (HC Rotterdam), Michael Robson (Crefelder HTC), Ben Walker (Three Rock Rovers), Jeremy Duncan (Herakles), Eugene Magee (Banbridge).

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