Thursday 19 September 2019

'I'm not really concerned' - Jeff Hendrick not worried by lack of game-time ahead of Swiss crunch clash

Jeff Hendrick in action against Otar Kiteishvili of Georgia
Jeff Hendrick in action against Otar Kiteishvili of Georgia
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

JEFF HENDRICK is confident that his lack of competitive practice will not hinder his ability to make an impact for Ireland in their Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland on Thursday.

Hendrick has lost his place with Burnley as he enters the final year of his contract, with his only start in the new English season coming in their League Cup defeat to Sunderland.

Mick McCarthy has left Shane Long out of his squad because of his club situation at Southampton, but he indicated last week that he had no fears about Hendrick because of his physical conditioning.

Hendrick said this morning that he has been doing extra work in training with Burnley with the international window in mind.

"I'm not really concerned," said Hendrick, who will win his 50th cap against the Swiss. "It's still early in the season and I've had a full pre-season. I played the most minutes out of our whole squad in pre-season.

"But he (Sean Dyche) stuck with the lads who started at the end of last season and kept us in the league. I'm doing extras every day to try and get in the manager's eye to get back in the team.

"The last two weeks I've played the full 90 in the cup and a reserve game at the training ground to make sure I'm right. As the weeks go by and the international games were coming up, that's what was in my mind. At the moment, I'm feeling fit and raring to go."

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