Monday 16 September 2019

'Let's hope he's fit' - Mick McCarthy confirms Matt Doherty part of his plans for Georgia mission

Matt Doherty. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Matt Doherty. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Mick McCarthy says that Matt Doherty is very much in the frame to start next month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Tbilisi at left back if he can overcome an injury.

The Wolves player is absent from the current international gathering due to fitness issues, having previously failed to dislodge Seamus Coleman from the side.

McCarthy has selected the same back four for all five group games but a suspension for Enda Stevens means he must mix things up in Georgia.

He appears to have decided against relocating James McClean to left full and acknowledged that Doherty is a live option given that he has experienced in that position.

"He had two seasons playing at left back for Wolverhampton Wanderers," said McCarthy, speaking ahead of tomorrow's Dublin friendly with Bulgaria. "It's a consideration. Let's hope that he's fit."

McCarthy is leaning towards seasoned operators for the Georgian encounter, especially having watched Denmark's struggle in Tbilisi on Sunday.

That scoreless draw has helped Ireland's qualifications prospects, but that is dependent on McCarthy's men going to Georgia and taking the three points.

"It will only be good for us if we continue to do our stuff," said McCarthy.

"Most of us were sat watching it over dinner and we were all delighted it didn't go Denmark's way. It re-emphasised what a good side Georgia are and what we've got ahead of us."

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