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Friday 18 August 2017

International duty has a high cost for McCarthy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he can have no complaints about his top scorer Daryl Murphy picking up an injury while on international duty.

Murphy (pictured) picked up a knock in Ireland's Euro 2016 defeat of Gibraltar and will miss today's league game against Blackburn, though he could return in midweek.

"There's no chance I'm going to risk him for tomorrow today because it's an Achilles injury and if you aggravate those they can go on for weeks. We'll settle it down and he'll play when he's ready - hopefully that's Tuesday," says McCarthy. "It would be slightly disingenuous of me having used and abused everyone elses' players for seven years as Ireland manager) myself! It's one of those things. I spoke to Martin O'Neill and he was kind of apologising, saying 'I know you're going well and Daryl's been scoring'. I said 'listen, it happens'."

Meanwhile, Derby boss Steve McClaren has praised the Ireland set-up for not taking a risk with injured defender Richard Keogh last week.

"We thank Martin O'Neill and the Republic of Ireland for sending Richard back early and that has given us a chance to get him fit," said McClaren, as Keogh sat out the Euro 2016 double header. "Richard has trained and, hopefully, he will have no reaction to that, and be available for the weekend."

Keogh joined the squad ahead of the Gibraltar game but did not feature in that match and was excused from the trip to Germany so he could return to his club.

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