Monday 14 October 2019

Duffy on board after Brighton test run goes to plan

Shane Duffy. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA
Shane Duffy. Photo: Bradley Collyer/PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Shane Duffy sent a text message to Mick McCarthy to tell him that he was fit to travel to Tbilisi after coming through a training session at Brighton.

The Derryman will be on today's flight to Georgia, a swift recovery for the 27-year-old, who feared a six- to eight-week lay-off due to the calf problem he sustained against Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

But David McGoldrick will not be on board as he is still trying to shake off a combination of a hamstring and groin issue. His realistic target now is a role off the bench in Switzerland next Tuesday.

Duffy is now in contention for Georgia, although McCarthy must still weigh up whether it's too much of a risk to involve the centre-half in both matches.

"He's trained with the (Brighton) lads so he must have done some football work," said McCarthy.

"All along he's been pretty confident he'd be okay. It wasn't as bad as they thought."

The Irish manager was also optimistic because Duffy played through the pain barrier to score against Denmark in the summer.

"I'd been more optimistic about him because when he said he was going to be okay, I'd seen it happen before with his groin (in Copenhagen)," he said.

"The doctor and physio said he's pretty resilient. If he says he'll be okay, he'll be okay and true to his word he is."

McGoldrick was honest about his feelings when he spoke to McCarthy.

"He was still feeling it, the groin,and I said to him Saturday is going to be far too soon," the Irish boss told FAI TV.

"If he trains over the weekend, he might still might be an option as a sub in Switzerland."

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