Wednesday 21 August 2019

Dundalk wait on father-to-be Duffy


Dundalk winger Michael Duffy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Dundalk winger Michael Duffy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk were last night sweating on the availability of star winger Michael Duffy for their crunch €1.2m Champions League tie in Latvia.

The 2018 PFAI Player of the Season stayed behind in Ireland as his partner Emily is expecting their first child.

Dundalk have sourced flights via either Belfast or Dublin that would allow the Derryman to reach the venue ahead of kick-off tonight at 7.30pm local time (5.30pm Irish).

"His decision is a life decision," said Perth, who added that Duffy's partner was urging him to make the trip. "We all want to make football decisions over the next 24 hours but I fully respect whatever decision he makes.

"We have a Plan B, C and D ready. We're prepared for him arriving first thing in the morning and we're also prepared for him not being here."

If Dundalk go through, they will bank an initial €400,000 on top of the €800,000 they are already guaranteed.

The winners will face either Qarabag (Azerbaijan) or Partizani (Albania) in the next round.

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