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Saturday 3 December 2016

Why Jeff Hendrick is ready to put shoulder to the wheel for good of teh team

Jeff Hendrick
Jeff Hendrick

JEFF Hendrick endured some self-inflicted pain the last time Ireland played Georgia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

But the Derby County man (left) would settle for the same again at Lansdowne Road tonight if it means that Ireland are still in contention for qualification.

Hendrick was probably Ireland's most impressive midfielder in Friday's 4-0 win over Gibraltar so he's clearly hoping to have done enough to stay in the starting XI for tonight's game, as he missed the away game with Georgia.

"I was injured when we played Georgia away last year, I had done my shoulder," Hendrick told The Herald.

"I was at home watching the game in my living room, when we got that second goal I was jumping around and made the pain in the shoulder even worse, but it was worth it and hopefully we can get the win here tonight.

"Georgia want to get as many wins as they can so we have to be careful, if you plan too far ahead you can get caught out and lose a game you're expected to win.

"We knew all along that anything could happen in this group and that was the case on Friday, we knew Georgia wasn't an easy place to go. We did our job in Tbilisi, we did what was needed on Friday but that will count for nothing if we drop points to the Georgians tonight," added Hendrick, pleased with his efforts in Faro.

"It was good for me personally to get the start, no matter who starts or in on the bench we all support each other."

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