Monday 21 October 2019

Big boost for Ireland as Shane Duffy travels to Georgia for crucial Euro 2020 qualifier

Shane Duffy will travel to Georgia with the Irish team. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Shane Duffy will travel to Georgia with the Irish team. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shane Duffy has delivered an injury boost to Mick McCarthy by confirming that he will be able to travel to Georgia for Saturday's Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Derryman looked to be out of the equation with a calf problem, but has made a swift recovery and trained with Brighton this morning.

However, David McGoldrick is definitely out of the match, although the Sheffield United player has not given up hope of involvement in Tuesday's game with Switzerland in Geneva.

"He's been given the all clear this morning," said McCarthy, speaking to FAI TV about Duffy's recovery. "He'll be with us to travel to Georgia.

"All along he has been pretty confident he would be ok. He's been running all week and he says he's trained with the team this morning. If he's done full training, he's fine."

McGoldrick has been troubled by a hamstring injury.

"Saturday is far too soon for him but if he trains over the weekend, he might still be an option as a sub in Switzerland," said McCarthy, "It would be a nice problem to have."

McCarthy's men are facing into a crucial Group D double-header over the next week, facing Georiga in Tbilisi this Saturday before moving on to Switzerland for a return clash with the top seeds on Tuesday night.

Ireland currently lead the group on 11 points, two ahead of Denmark.

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