Thursday 23 November 2017

Doyle sweats on scan result after injury scare ahead of Germany tie

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

KEVIN DOYLE will find out today if he will be able to play any part in next Friday's World Cup qualifier with Germany.

The Wolves striker is a major doubt after sustaining a thigh injury in training yesterday, and Wolves boss Stale Solbakken immediately indicated that he would miss today's Championship meeting with Blackburn and the international double-header with Germany and the Faroe Islands.

However, the Wexford native went for a scan last night, hoping that it would reveal some good news with a view to his Irish prospects.

Doyle was the match winner in Astana last month, creating one goal and scoring the other as Ireland came from behind to seal a valuable win over Kazakhstan.

He started that game on the bench, with Giovanni Trapattoni favouring Jonathan Walters, but would have fancied his chances of getting the nod for the showdown with the group's top seeds.

The only consolation for the Irish boss if Doyle (below) does miss out is that he has more options up front than in other areas.

In addition to Walters and skipper Robbie Keane, his squad also includes in-form West Brom striker Shane Long and Championship duo Simon Cox and Andy Keogh.

Sunderland midfielder David Meyler has been called into the squad as cover, which perhaps gives an insight into Trapattoni's thinking ahead of the German fixture.

He is considering starting that match with three central midfielders, which would mean a regular striker missing out. Otherwise, Glenn Whelan, Keith Andrews and James McCarthy will battle it out for two spots.

Meanwhile, the FAI have confirmed that general admission tickets for the Germany game in Aviva Stadium on Friday have sold out. There are a limited number of premium tickets left for the game.

Irish Independent

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