Wednesday 13 November 2019

Darren Randolph a major doubt for Ireland's crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark

Darren Randolph. Photo: Sportsfile
Darren Randolph. Photo: Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Mick McCarthy is facing a major headache ahead of the must-win Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark as first-choice goalkeeper Darren Randolph is a major doubt.

The 32-year-old missed his club's midweek league game with a thigh strain and Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate admits he's unsure out long Randolph will be absent.

"Darren's got a thigh strain, I'm not sure how long he'll be out for," Woodgate told Teeside Live.

"He might not make the Ireland game, he might not make next week, I don't know how long he will be, we'll have to go through the scans in more detail. He was sore coming back from international duty. He played against West Brom and he was sore with it so he's had it for a while."

Randolph has not missed a competitive international in four years as he has started every game in the qualifiers and at the Euro 2016 finals since he came on for the injured Shay Given in the first half of a 1-0 win at home to Germany in the qualifiers for Euro 2016.

Kieren Westwood is the most experienced back-up keeper available to McCarthy but he has not featured under the current manager and last played in a friendly against Uruguay in 2017.

Mark Travers (Bouremouth) and Kieran O'Hara (on loan to Burton Albion) were the back-up keepers for the most recent internationals but their lack of experience would be a concern to the Ireland manager.

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