Sunday 21 July 2019

Holloway to ease Forde kicking duties

David Forde of Millwall
David Forde of Millwall
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

David Forde could return from a thigh problem sooner than anticipated.

The Galwegian tweaked a muscle in Millwall's weekend encounter with Ipswich and the setback scuppered the possibility of a transfer away from the London club before the close of the transfer window.

Forde is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has attracted interest.

His new boss Ian Holloway delivered a positive bulletin on his wellbeing and quipped that the netminder injured himself because of the team's old style of play.

"Forde's strained a thigh muscle because he has been striking long balls which drop where we won't take many risks," said Holloway.

"Hopefully, he'll strain an arm muscle soon, because I'll be getting him to throw it out.

"If you look at the two times we tried that against Ipswich, we did not have enough support and put ourselves under pressure. What should happen is the goalkeeper throws it out, we will do loads of little passes and then try to hit a switch across the field. We'll get there."

With Keiren Westwood sidelined, Forde is likely to be Martin O'Neill's first choice for the March friendly with Serbia, although a possible return for Shay Given might alter that line of thinking.

Meanwhile Monaco's Colombia striker Radamel Falcao faces an anxious wait to find out if he will miss the World Cup after being taken off on a stretcher in the French Cup with a suspected damaged anterior cruciate ligament.

Falcao opened the scoring for Monaco in a 3-0 win over fourth-tier Monts d'Or Azergues Foot yesterday, but injured his left knee when caught by a heavy tackle in the 40th minute from Soner Ertek, who was not even booked.

Everton were fined £45,000 by the English Football Association yesterday for an illegal approach to England youth international Jamaal Lascelles of Nottingham Forest in 2010.

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