Wednesday 24 January 2018

'There were pieces of my sock in the wound. The doctors were pulling out threads'

Kevin Doyle tells Kevin Palmer about his lucky escape and insists injury won’t end his Euro dream

Martin O’Neill consoles Kevin Doyle as he’s stretchered off on Friday night. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin O’Neill consoles Kevin Doyle as he’s stretchered off on Friday night. Photo: Sportsfile
The injury that required plastic surgery
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Doyle believes he had a lucky escape after his shin was split open during the Ireland's international friendly against Switzerland on Friday night.

An upbeat Doyle suggested he could be back in action sooner than expected and insisted he had not given up on his dream of making the Euro 2016 squad.

Yet he admits the shock of the events of Friday night at the Aviva Stadium left him numb, as he needed to have his leg patched up by plastic surgeons.

"The doctors tell me I was quite lucky as the damage could have been much worse," the Colorado Rapids striker told

"There are all kinds of tendons and nerves in the shin that control the toes and the feet and if you start damaging those, it can get difficult, but I got away with that.

"If the tendons had been ripped or the bones broken, then it could have been a much more serious situation, but thankfully everything has been repaired and I can look forward to getting back to light jogging in a couple of weeks.

"The shock of it all was probably worse than the pain of the injury. It was throbbing a bit on the pitch, but when you look down and you can see your shin carved open and all the tendons looking out at you, that's hard to see.

"Shane Long was kneeling down next to me on the pitch when the incident happened telling me not to look down and I can see why now. It was a horrible sight.

"I was lucky that there were two plastic surgeons on hand at the Mater hospital in Dublin and they have done a great job on my leg.

"There were pieces of my sock in the wound. The doctors were pulling out threads and all sorts. It was not pretty, but I have to say it looks pretty good now considering."

The image of the injury that Doyle posted on Twitter was viewed by thousands around the world, but he admits that was posted at a moment when he was under the influence of painkillers.

"I was a bit dopey when I sent that," he confirmed with a smile. "Maybe people didn't want to see that kind of detail. The message probably should have come with some kind of warning!

"Hopefully I didn't put too many people off their dinner on Friday night. Maybe I wouldn't have posted that message if I was thinking straight."


Doyle conceded that he was frustrated that his chance to stake his claim for the Ireland squad was spoiled by the tackle from Swiss defender Timm Klose.

"It was great to get a start in the Ireland team, I have been waiting a good while for that," he said. "Starting up front with Shane (Long) was great. We have known each other for so long, but we haven't had a chance to play together too often in the Ireland team. Then, after a few minutes, it was all over.

"I won't give up on trying to get into the Euro 2016 squad. It might be tougher for me now than it would have been if I had had a great game on Friday, but let's wait and see.

"I hope to be fit by the time the Euros come around, if I get picked, then it would be a great. But there is not a lot I can do about it right now."

Doyle is flying back to Colorado today to have his injury assessed by club doctors.

Irish Independent

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