Doyle injury boost a big weight off Trap's mind
KEVIN Doyle's knee injury may not be as bad as first feared, with Wolves hoping he might be able to play some part in their battle against relegation.
The Wexford man was forced off with what looked like a serious setback in Saturday's 2-1 win over Macedonia and initial fears were he might be out for the season.
But his club still have hopes the striker, so crucial to their fight to beat the drop, may feature again this season after it emerged that he will be out for somewhere between four to eight weeks.
Doyle has become central to Ireland's cause in recent times and Giovanni Trapattoni was counting his blessings yesterday when he heard the news, as it backs up his earlier prediction that the striker will be recovered in time for the return clash with Macedonia on June 4.
"Thank God, it's not as bad as we thought," he said. "I'm not sure how long he will be out for." Doyle's club were more specific on the detail. Steve Kemp, the head of the Wolves' medical team, said he had torn his medial collateral ligament.
"We will be working with Kevin to get him back as quickly as the injury allows, but the likely time span is anywhere between four and eight weeks," he said.
Doyle played a big part in Ireland's crucial win, despite only playing for 17 minutes, as he set up Aiden McGeady's early goal. He was missed as Ireland struggled in a nervy second half and Trapattoni won't want to go to Skopje without the striker, who specialises in holding the ball up and bringing others into the game.
Those same attributes are what makes him such an important cog in the wheel at Molineux. Defender Christophe Berra articulated the concerns of the Wolves dressing-room yesterday, saying: "It's a massive blow for us. He's a top player, he does a great job for us up front."