Thursday 18 January 2018

Doyle form 'hit by injury'

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MICK McCARTHY has hinted that the knee injury Kevin Doyle suffered at the start of the season has contributed to the striker's poor form, thus vindicating the assessment of Giovanni Trapattoni.

The Ireland manager felt that Doyle was below par upon his comeback after a medial ligament problem and initially left him out of the team for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia, before selecting him in place of the injured Shane Long.

That prompted a furious reaction from McCarthy, but the Wolves boss yesterday admitted that Doyle had been struggling at the time.

Doyle will play in tonight's FA Cup third-round replay against Birmingham as McCarthy plans to rest some of his key players, including the in-form Steven Fletcher, who has taken over from the Wexford man as Wolves' first-choice striker.

"I've spoken to Doyler and he's cool about it," said McCarthy. "He is quite low maintenance and just gets on with it. He had a knee injury early on in the season and that didn't help him. He is a talented player and will get back to his best. Even the best of players go through tough times.

"He always does his work, and will continue to do his work. That's what good players do."

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