Monday 15 July 2019

Robbie Brady 'desperate' to feature for Ireland after lengthy spell on the sidelines

Robbie Brady during a Republic of Ireland press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Robbie Brady during a Republic of Ireland press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Robbie Brady says he's desperate to end his long exile from the international scene and return to the green jersey this week to help the side overcome their poor start to the Nations League.

Brady has been sidelined since he suffered a serious knee injury in December, forcing him to miss a series of friendlies and the Nations League campaign to date. He's back in the Ireland squad for the first time since his injury and the former St Kevin's Boys man says he's keen to play against both Northern Ireland and Denmark.

"The injury is done with now, I am back and hopefully I won't have another one [injury] like it," Brady said today.

"I have been desperate to get back and help out in any way I can, if I can help in any way I can I will do that and I don't feel any pressure. I just want to play my part for the team.

"I have no idea yet if I will play in the next two games, hopefully I get some game time, I feel good, I am buzzing to be back in with the lads, it's a big lift to be back in, doing what I do best. Hopefully I can get some game time," added Brady, keen to play in both internationals.

"I did it a couple of weeks ago, I played for the club's U23s on the Monday and then I played against Chelsea at the weekend. I have been training for the last few months.

"I feel good so I am more than ready to play two games if needed."

In his absence Ireland have struggled in the Nations League and a batch of debutants have come on the scene and he's keen to contribute.

"It's always tough when you are not playing, it's more tough when you can't affect it as you can't play and it's not by choice. It was some difficult games and the transition has been tough, a lot of players have left and new players coming in, it will take us time to gel but we are getting there, each trip is getting that bit better.

"Denmark hurt that bit more, we made hard work of groups before and we made hard work of that one, we have ourselves a lifeline with the Wales game.

"We were turned over at home against Denmark, it ended on a sour note, hopefully we have put that behind us. We made some mistakes that night and we have to try and take things on board and make sure it doesn't happen again," the Burnley man added.

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