Sunday 17 December 2017

Attacker McGoldrick's ready to return from injury and give a boost to Martin and Mick

DAVID McGoldrick (pictured) could be back in action with his club before Ireland's Euro qualifier at home to Poland, Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has revealed.

The Ireland international has missed the last seven games for his club due to a recurring knee injury, and Ipswich have missed the 27-year-old, with just one win from the last five games.

But McCarthy says that McGoldrick is making good progress in his recovery and he could be fit for Saturday's clash with Middlesbrough, a key game for Ipswich who have dropped from second place to seventh and are currently outside of the playoff places.

"He was out on the grass again for the first time last Thursday doing some work. He's looking much happier and smilier - that's what happens when you get off that treatment table. It's looking more optimistic," McCarthy said of McGoldrick.

"Can he still play a big part in our season? Of course he can."

McGoldrick only made his Ireland debut last November but he impressed in that 4-1 win over the USA and while he is unlikely to start against Poland in Dublin, he would offer an option to Martin O'Neill off the bench, especially as fellow attackers Robbie Brady, Anthony Pilkington and Aiden McGeady are all injury concerns.

McGeady was not in the Everton squad for tonight's Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev but Roberto Martinez says he hopes to have the winger available for next week's away leg.

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